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Access vs. Isolation: Preserving Appalachia's Rail Connectivity in the 21st Century
March 2017
Center for Transportation Research, University of Tennessee
This report examines the effect of reductions in coal production on Appalachia’s current and future rail freight transportation network and highlights opportunities to help ensure rail connectivity to markets essential to Appalachia’s economic success.
Abstract & Report Contents
Analysis of Global Competitiveness of Selected Industries and Clusters in the Appalachian Region
November 2004
Jack Faucett Associates and Economic Development Research Group
Report #1 in a series of transportation and trade studies of the Appalachian Region
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (4 MB)
Appalachian Development Highway System Economic Analysis Study: Synthesis of Findings to Date
May 2016
Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
This report reviews and summarizes the findings of previously published studies on the impacts of the Appalachian Development Highway System on economic growth and transportation connectivity in Appalachia.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF: 1.3 MB
Appalachian Development Highways Economic Impact Studies
July 1998
Wilbur Smith Associates
This study evaluates both the transportation efficiency benefits and economic development impacts of the completed portions of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (7.5 MB)
Economic Analysis of Completing the Appalachian Development Highway System: Technical Report
July 2017
Economic Development Research Group, Inc., and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff
This report is the second volume of a study that analyzed the effect of ADHS development on economic growth in Appalachia, and the future economic benefits and costs of completing the system.
Abstract & Report Contents
Economic Impact of Rockslides in Tennessee and North Carolina
May 2010
HDR Decision Economics
This study estimates the economic impacts of two major rockslides in southwestern North Carolina and southeastern Tennessee during the fall of 2009 that resulted in the closure of sections of Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 63.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.53 MB)
Economic Impact Study of Completing the Appalachian Development Highway System
June 2008
Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Economic Development Research Group Inc., and HDR Decision Economics
This study assesses the travel performance, trade, and economic development impacts directly related to completing the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (4.27 MB)
Handbook for Assessing Economic Opportunities from Appalachian Development Highways
March 2001
Economic Development Research Group, Inc. and Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
This handbook has an accompanying software and worksheet toolkit that helps communities develop baseline economic data on their counties.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1 MB)
Meeting the Transportation Challenges of the 21st Century: Report #2: Intermodal Opportunities in the Appalachian Region
December 2004
Rahall Transportation Institute and Wilbur Smith Associates
This report identifies strategic development opportunities to leverage higher utilization of the transportation capabilities of the ADHS, rail, water, and air transportation systems in the Appalachian Region through regional intermodal transportation.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.4 MB)
Meeting the Transportation Challenges of the 21st Century: Report #3: Intermodal Case Studies
December 2004
Rahall Transportation Institute and Wilbur Smith Associates
This report builds on the companion regional study of commodity movements within and between the Appalachian Region and the rest of the world by transportation mode to identify exemplary case studies of intermodal initiatives and opportunities.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.2 MB)
Meeting the Transportation Challenges of the 21st Century: Report #4: Economic Benefits of Intermodal Efficiencies
December 2004
Rahall Transportation Institute and Wilbur Smith Associates
The purpose of the current analysis is to provide some insight into the potential benefits of intermodal investment in the ARC Region, rather than serve as a major investment study.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (63 KB)
Network Appalachia: Access to Global Opportunity
January 2010
Moffatt and Nichol
Report on the research and recommendations of the Network Appalachia Study Group on how to develop a twenty-first century transportation network in Appalachia that would maximize economic and employment benefits to the Region.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (13 MB)
Sources of Regional Growth in Non-Metro Appalachia
January 2007
Economic Development Research Group, Inc., Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning
The Sources of Growth project is part of a series of research efforts funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to improve understanding of factors affecting economic growth in rural and distressed areas.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report (Volumes 1 – 4) in PDF (4 MB)