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Call For Paper Title
Impact of Freight on Public Health
Call Description

The TRB Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations Committee (AT050) invites authors to submit papers that focus on the impact of freight on public health.  This call for papers was developed jointly with the TRB Transportation and Health Subcommittee and the Urban Freight Transportation Committee.  Papers are invited under the broad theme of public health effects associated with the freight and logistics industry.  Of particular interest are papers that examine the impact of urban or regional freight on micro or macro health effects.  The papers may be mode-specific or multi-modal, policy or data oriented, public or private sector focused, and studied within the United States or elsewhere.

Sample topics include the following:

  1. Research on recent innovations in air quality regulatory standards: have they affected public health; have companies been able to come into compliance with federal ambient air quality standards?
  2. Links between the freight and logistics industries and community health issues, such as air quality, noise abatement, hazardous materials, food security, emergency preparedness, and active transportation.
  3. The relationship between freight and social determinants of health (SDOH) (e.g., increased access to healthy foods or improved health effects of living wage jobs associated with the freight and logistics sectors)
  4. Models and/or instruments used to assess freight and public health, particularly at seaports.
  5. Use of performance measures in transportation that account for health: what should be measured and how? How should they be standardized?
  6. Innovative policies and programs that reduce freight’s health risks (e.g., air quality regulatory standards).
  7. Freight-related environmental justice issues — distribution of cumulative risk, public participation opportunities/challenges, policy or program solutions.
Organizer Name
Nathan Huynh
Organizer Email
Primary Sponsoring Committee
Standing Committee on Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations (Changed to Joint Subcommittee on Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations, AT045(1), on 4/15/2020)
Secondary Sponsoring Committees or Subcommittees

AT025 - Standing Committee on Urban Freight Transportation

Primary Subject Area
Freight Transportation
Secondary Subject Areas


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