A behavioural study of freight facility location

This paper presents the results of an exploratory behavioural analysis of freight facility location in Melbourne, for a sample of freight sector firms. Using a simple deterministic model structure, the paper describes the derivation of two explanatory attitudinal models of freight facility location choice. A factor analysis procedure is used to minimise correlation between the attributes of locations, and a ranking technique is used to successively include significant and influential attributes into the models. The conventional model calibration approach of using observed behaviour as the dependent variable is then compared with using the firm's stated location preferences, the latter approach yielding a location preference model rather than a location choice model. This distinction is shown to be an important one and a number of implications are discussed. It is found that for the data and model structure used, firms' location preferences can be explained by five attributes of the various locations: a market attribute, closeness to port attribute, truck transport attribute, company prestige and availability of labour.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 63-75
  • Monograph Title: Land use traffic impact prediction
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue Number: 5

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  • Accession Number: 01439213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:04PM