MODELING OCEAN, RAIL AND TRUCK TRANSPORTATION FLOWS TO SUPPORT POLICY ANALYSIS
Freight transportation represents about 9.5% of GDP in the U.S., it is responsible for about 8% of greenhouse gas emissions and supports the import and export of about 3.6 trillion in international trade. It is therefore important that the national freight transportation system is designed and operated efficiently. Hence, this dissertation develops a mathematical model to estimate international and domestic freight flows across the ocean, rail and truck modes, which can be used to study the impacts of changes in our infrastructure, as well as the imposition of new user fees and changes in operating policies. The model integrates a user equilibrium-based logit argument for path selection with a system-optimal argument for rail network operations. This leads to the development of a unique solution procedure that is demonstrated in a large-scale analysis focused on all intercity freight and U.S export/import containerized freight. The model results are compared with the reported flow volumes. The model is applied to two case studies: (1) a disruption of the seaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (LA and LB) similar to the impacts that would be felt in an earthquake; and (2) implementation of new user fees at the California ports.
Operations research; Bi-level model; Logistics costs; Mode selection; Multi-model Freight Transportation; Port disruption; Rail Transportation; Transportation
Nozick, Linda K.
Gao, Huaizhu; Alvarez Daziano, Ricardo
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ph. D., Civil and Environmental Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy
Attribution 4.0 International
dissertation or thesis
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