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CPCS takes part in 2020 U.S. Commodity Flow Survey event

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CPCS to help facilitate discussions on potential improvements to CFS trade-offs at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) virtual workshop.

On Sept. 24, transportation and port expert Scott Drumm will be moderating a breakout session as the TRB hosts a workshop on the U.S. Commodity Flow Survey (CFS).  

The CFS offers a comprehensive and multimodal picture of national freight flows.

Drumm’s segment will focus on data trade-offs in mode and geography in exchange for more fine-grained commodity data. 

Points raised during this event will inform how the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics conduct the 2022 CFS and report the resulting data.

Context: Optimizing the Commodity Flow Survey for stakeholders

Every five years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a survey on how commodities are being transported in the country. In advance of each CFS, the TRB organizes a workshop sponsored by the Census and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The workshop seeks input from CFS data users to improve the survey’s usefulness and data products. It is a prime occasion for planning organizations, departments of transportation and consulting firms to provide substantive feedback on the CFS.

Access to relevant freight data is crucial for many organizations. For example, the Federal Highway Administration’s freight analysis framework uses data from the latest CFS to forecast freight movement.

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