Metro Model: Innovative Data Sources Inform Truck Tour Framework for Dynamic Portland Region: Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement Implementation Support

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Metro serves as Portland, Oregon’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO). The agency has spent thousands of staff hours in truck model maintenance, updates, and applications over the past 20 years. As it was completing commodity flow forecasts for 2014, the MPO became increasingly interested in improving freight demand modeling capabilities. At the time, research sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and led by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning had produced and implemented an advanced freight behavior-based model in the Chicago region. Metro applied for and was awarded second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) C20 implementation assistance to build from this model. In addition, Metro was able to secure additional local funding to design and conduct an establishment survey to collect behavioral freight data for the region. Major project objectives included developing a model that would: (1) Help stakeholders evaluate regional economic policies; (2) Depict a broad range of responses to network conditions and costs; (3) Depict both truck volumes (by vehicle type) and flow of goods (by commodity type) on the network; and (4) Include freight trucks as well as service and parcel trucks. An overview of the model and new model components developed for this project is shown in this document.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p

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  • Accession Number: 01683771
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HOP-18-023
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2018 9:18AM