Freight Transport Modeling: Review and Future Challenges

This article, from a special issue on freight transport, summarizes the models that have been used in the past two decades to forecast freight transport demand, particularly as they are used to represent changes in infrastructure, services, and regulation. The authors propose a classification based on different scales of analysis, from long-distance to short-distance freight transport, as well as based on different modeling approaches, such as aggregate versus disaggregate. The authors describe how aggregated models, which focus on specific commodities and use time series data to estimate current demand, use a four-stage model. The next section addresses specific issues related to short-distance scale, focusing on the distribution of the final products from wholesalers and restocking centers to scattered retailers (i.e., “the last mile” logistics). In the final section, the authors offer comments on the policy relevance of these models.

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    • Special Issue on Freight Transport: Data, Models, and Policies.
  • Authors:
    • Nuzzolo, Agostino
    • Coppola, Pierluigi
    • Comi, Antonio
  • Publication Date: 2013-6


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01493566
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2013 2:39PM