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Cargo-Oriented Development: Delivering Jobs + Capturing the Value of a More Efficient Freight System

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In 2014, the Center for Neighborhood Technology released the report Cargo-Oriented Development: Delivering Jobs + Capturing the Value of a More Efficient Freight System (PDF).  Although the case studies in this report are largely urban ones, the message of developing freight and logistics economic centers along existing rail corridors provides ideas for smaller places as well.  Cargo-oriented development (COD) is a concept similar to transit-oriented development, but with a focus on using freight transportation to spur development, capture efficiencies, and create jobs and economic vitality.  The report includes a national map of intermodal freight facilities where shipping containers can be transferred from rail and ship to truck for local cargo movements.

According to the report, “The U.S. has over 200 intermodal terminals. Each one is a magnet for logistics, manufacturing, and other industries that rely on rail transportation.”

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