Research Outline

US Freight Hubs: Locations and Routes


To provide insights into the US locations with the largest number of freight hubs and the highest routes being driven by freight truckers throughout the country. Specifically, we will provide:
  • The location of freight hubs: Where the hubs are based (e.g., Orlando, Los Angeles)
  • The size of the freight hubs in those locations. This will be based on the number of trucks or containers.
  • The freight routes with the highest demand of trucks traveling (e.g., highway I-70 between Kansas City and Denver has X number of trucks traveling each day, accounting for X percentage of all freight traffic).
We will focus on freight traveling by truck and use industry-level data such as Federal and state Department of Transportation data sources.

Early Findings

Data Availability

  • The initial round of research indicates that data availability is adequate on this topic.

Busiest Interstates For Trucks

Interstate 95

Interstate 80

Interstate 75

Interstate 90

Interstate 40

Most Popular Trucking States

  • The top 5 US states with the most number of trucks by volume are California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Georgia.
  • The first state that has a high volume of trucking along its routes is California.
  • Its most popular routes end up in Los Angeles or San Francisco, and sometimes go to and from the cities.

New York


  • In the initial hour of research, we focused our attention on identifying the busiest truck routes in the US and the states (locations) with the highest number of freight hubs and the size of the hubs based on the volume of trucks.
  • The initial research hour revealed that the required information is available in the public domain. However, additional research time is required to look into the rest of the US states with the largest truck volume and the traffic volumes of the busiest interstates routes.
  • We also propose further research to provide the volume of freight moved by trucks in the United States from 2014 to 2019.
  • For a deeper dive into the above-suggested research parts, we recommend further research. Details on our recommended research paths have been provided in our proposals below.