This report explored innovative approaches to obtaining and making comprehensive truck activity data publicly available. The study identified a number of challenges with using truck activity data, including users integrating data from multiple sources to answer critical policy questions, lack of temporal coverage, excluded commodity types in the national surveys, and the level of investment required to use and visualize the data. In addition, other challenges cited in the study with using truck activity data include lack of existing methods to validate Transearch and Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) data, and a general lack of transparency with the data sources and their auditing procedures. 1

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  • 1Zmud, J., Lawson, C. T., & Pisars, I. (2014). NCFRP Report 29: Making trucks count - Innovative strategies for obtaining comprehensive truck activity data. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.