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Transport Systems

Rocky Mountain Institute's work in the MOVE sector is extensively involved in advanced research and client partnerships to radically improve complex systems that include transportation.

Examples of such systems range from freight logistics to large retail chains to urban planning.

Our transportation systems work includes:

  • Developing efficient transportation systems for real estate developments and large corporations -- including transit-oriented development
  • Accelerating the development of new transportation energy paradigms such as Smart Garage and Project Get Ready
  • Advanced research into transportation systems, including the influence of a new green energy economy on freight patterns and development of models for regenerative transportation.


The freight system is essential to modern life. In 2005, an average of 68 tons of goods moved 15,310 miles in the United States for each U.S. citizen. Yet freight comes with a large and growing environmental cost. At least 10 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions are linked to freight, along with 17 percent of U.S. fuel use.

Intermodal Approach

RMI works on projects across the freight industry to deliver more of what people want by using the least energy. Our approach is to ensure that ships, barges, cargo air, rail, truck, and major freight users radically reduce the fuel use necessary to deliver freight, while increasing profits for companies who take advantage of the new, greener economy.

Past projects include work for the Port of Seattle, the Port of Tacoma, the U.S. Navy, our Transformational Trucking Initiative and the incubation of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

RMI uses well-developed capabilities, including strategic analysis, life-cycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions, design workshops and advanced breakthrough vehicle design to support our project engagements.

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