The TREDIS FREIGHT module provides State DOTs, MPOs and transportation organizations with unsurpassed analysis capabilities that support freight planning, strategy development, project prioritization, economic impact assessment, and benefit-cost evaluation as well as meeting a number of other Federal requirements.
These capabilities are enabled by a clearly laid-out framework that (a) brings together available transportation, economic and trade data, and (b) integrates industry, commodity and modal perspectives. TREDIS provides these capabilities in a fully integrated package, or it can be adapted to use (or work with) an agency’s own transportation data, economic data, and models (including Global Insight, Moody’s, REMI, IMPLAN) and freight/trade databases (including Transearch® and vFreightTM). It can be used in different ways for corridor, project or area-level studies.
TREDIS Fueled by Transearch® - Corridor Analysis
Select a highway or rail corridor, and then:
- Profile freight flows using the corridor.*
- Assess its national and regional significance.
- Identify area industries and supply chain components that depend on the selected corridor.
- Calculate how forecast economic changes will change future freight activity levels.
- Use this information to assess implications for strategies, investment programs, or system budgets and plans.
Define a highway, rail, air or marine project, and then:
- Profile the affected freight flows and associated economic activities dependent on the project.*
- Assess the economic importance of the project’s impact on that freight movement.
- Identify industries and supply chain components that will benefit from the project.
- Calculate impacts on facility use, user benefit-cost and wider economic impacts.
- Use this information to assess implications for project priorities and selection.
Select a broad State, Metro or County-based Region, and then:
- Profile the area’s pattern of freight flows.*
- Assess the supply chain roles of those freight flows.
- Identify the area’s economic dependencies on those supply chain roles.
- Calculate how emerging economic trends will change future freight flows.
- Use this information to assess implications for future freight or economic development strategies.
*Profiles cover freight volume (tonnage, number of vehicles), economic value, mode, origin-destination, commodity mix and/or affected industries.
vFreighttm - Visualizing County-Level Freight Flows
vFreight is an information dataset developed by EDR Group that can be used with TREDIS.
- Provides easy, intuitive, and visually supported access to detailed commodity flow data.
- Shows county-to-county flows by 2 or 3 digit SCTG level.
- Provides domestic mode for each commodity type.
- Provides international mode for each traded commodity.
- Shows location of county for 219 port of entry (imports) and port of exit (exports) for all traded commodities.
- Provides county-level trade (exports/imports) for 18 countries.
- “Cloud-based” structure provides “instant” access anywhere internet is available.
- Demonstrates national and international linkages for domestic freight movements.
- Identifies key ports of entry/exit for traded commodities.
- Supports freight analysis at levels of geographic detail consistent with federal, statewide, and regional planning.
- Provides effective ways of graphically sharing trade and commodity flow data with policymakers and the public.
- Facilitates economic development strategies relating to trade partners, import substitution and export growth.
For vFreight information and login, Click here. Download vFreight datasheet.
Alternative Scenario and Trade Corridor Access
TREDIS allows for a growing number of add-on modules that address commodity flow and freight economics, which are developed on a custom basis for clients. They include:
TREDPLAN Scenario Insights:
- Derive planning insights independent of economic impact analysis using detailed TREDIS economic-demographic-commodity forecasting data.
- Evaluate the implication of alternative global economic scenarios, covering energy costs, transportation costs, exchange rates, modal technologies, etc.
- Examine implications for growth shifts in industries, spatial shifts in trade corridor patterns, operational efficiency, and supply chain productivity.
- Assess implications for the future competitive positioning of industries and locations.
Commercial Corridor Productivity Analysis:
- Expands the TREDIS productivity analysis (from market scale and intermodal connectivity) to also track how changes in performance of individual commerce corridors shift supply chain productivity.
- Builds on detailed supply chain back-tracing to derive productivity changes by industry and location.
- Builds on detailed origin-destination and inter-industry commodity trade movements, as well as operational efficiency metrics in the TREDIS database.
- Uses customized market access, performance, and productivity elasticity factors extracted from detailed statistical analysis that is customized for each study.
- Used with TREDIS to identify which industries will become competitive as a result of corridor improvements.
For more information, contact TREDIS Software at 617-303-0424.