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Freight Analysis Framework

The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), produced through a partnership between BTS and FHWA, integrates data from a variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight movement among states and major metropolitan areas by all modes of transportation. Starting with data from the Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) and international trade data from the Census Bureau, FAF incorporates data from agriculture, extraction, utility, construction, service, and other sectors.

FAF version 4 (FAF4) provides estimates for tonnage, value, and ton-miles by regions of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode. Data are available for the base year of 2012, the recent years of 2013-2017, and forecasts from 2020 through 2045 in 5-year intervals. Data may be accessed through the Data Extraction Tool, downloaded as a complete database, or in summary files.

Data Tabulation Tool

The Data Tabulation Tool allows users to create and download customized FAF4 summary tables.
 

Data Files

Regional Database of tonnage, value, and ton-miles by FAF regions of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode. Data are also available for optimistic (“high”) and pessimistic (“low”) growth scenarios. Weights are in thousands of tons, activity is in millions of ton-miles, values for the full time period covered (2012-45) are in millions of 2012 constant dollars, and values for recently completed years (2013-17) are also available in millions of current dollars. Files are available in .csv and MS Access formats.

State Database of tonnage, value, and ton-miles by states of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode. Data are also available for optimistic (“high”) and pessimistic (“low”) growth scenarios. Weights are in thousands of tons, activity is in millions of ton-miles, values for the full time period covered (2012-45) are in millions of 2012 constant dollars, and values for recently completed years (2013-17) are also available in millions of current dollars. Files are available in .csv and MS Access formats.

Historic Series Database of tonnage, value, and ton-miles by states of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode. Weights are in thousands of tons, activity is in millions of ton-miles, and values are available both in millions of 2012 constant dollars and in millions of current dollars. Data for earlier years is only available at the state level, and all fields are defined by FAF4 standards. Files are available in .csv format.

A single .csv file at the regional level of geography with each data element in a single column is available here. This file covers 2012-2045.

A single .csv file at the state level of geography with each data element in a single column is available here. This file covers 1997-2045.

Network Database and Flow Assignment

The FAF Network Assignment estimates freight volumes and truck movements over the nation's highway network. The network is available in both ESRI and TransCAD formats.
 

Schedule of Releases

Annual data for 2018 will be released in Fall 2019. Data products from a rebaselined fifth generation of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF5) are scheduled to begin being released in mid-2020.


FAF4 Documentation

FAF4 Frequently Asked Questions
FAF4 Users Guide
FAF4 Base Matrix Development
FAF4 Forecast Report
FAF4 Version Descriptions
FAF4 and 2012 CFS Domestic Area Definitions
FAF4 and 2012 CFS Commodity Codes

FAF Quarterly Webinar

Please join BTS and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Freight Management and Operations for periodic webinars on FAF. The date of the next webinar is upcoming.

Archived Webinars

  • April 10, 2014 – "How the FAF Can Help You"
  • June 26, 2014 – "Using Freight Analysis Framework Data in Economic Analysis"
  • November 5, 2014 – "Using Freight Analysis Framework Data for Freight Planning"
  • April 29, 2015 – "Using FAF Data for Freight Planning"
  • September 15, 2015 – “Leveraging Other Datasets with the FAF: A Case Study on California's Statewide Freight Model”
  • December 11, 2015 – "Introduction to FAF4"
  • June 28, 2017 – "Inside the FAF4: Forecasting Origin-Destination Freight Flows and Why It Matters"
  • September 25, 2017 – "Inside the FAF4: Truck Flow Estimation Method and Visualization"
  • December 14, 2017 – "How to Leverage FAF4 Freight Data for Transportation Analysis: Example Cases from the Oregon and Tennessee DOTs"


Related Information

FAF3 data and documentation are archived here.

Information on FAF1 and FAF2 available upon request from [email protected].

Updated: Friday, March 29, 2019