March 11, 2010 - March 12, 2010
MIT Room E14-633
Amherst & Ames Street
This site contains information on the Future Freight Flows Symposium that was run on 11-12 March 2010. The day and a half symposium kicked-off the multi-year research project sponsored by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies entitled “Economic Changes Driving Future Freight Transportation.”
The overall objectives of the research project are to:
- Determine and analyze the driving forces and key uncertainties behind economic, business, and societal changes that may affect the U.S. freight transportation system over the next 20 plus years, and
- Enable informed discussions of national, multistate, state, and regional freight policy and system investment priorities.
View the project details.
The symposium brought transportation and supply chain professionals from both the private and public sectors together with thought leaders from the fields of economics, demographics, technology, energy, environment, and government.
On the first day, each of the thought leaders presented current developments and future trends in their respective areas of expertise. The attendees then discussed how these trends might impact the way supply chains flow and businesses operate. On the second day, we reconvened to dive deeper into twelve of the key driving forces. The attendees worked through a series of interactive exercises to understand the potential adoption, impact, and stress impacts of the different potential driving forces. The results will be released as part of the larger project.
On the agenda page you will find links to both videos and presentation files for each of the Thought Leaders talks given on Thursday 11 March.
In the Fall of 2010 and Winter of 2011, we will be holding a series of Scenario Planning Workshops across the country using much of what we learned during this symposium. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact me at:
Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL)
1 Amherst Street E40-275
Cambridge, MA 02139