Modelling the Determinants of Truck Tours within Canadian Markets

The modern supply chain process relies on the transfer of goods between different entities such as manufacturers, distributors, and retailers within and between various regions. Trucks have remained one of the most predominant shipping methods since other modes of transport often have limited location accessibility and time constraints. Freight transportation models have been historically based on aggregate models of trip generation and distribution between origin and destination zones. The National Cooperation Highway Research Program has categorized common freight models into five aggregate model types (TRB, 2008). However, these aggregate models are often criticized for their inability to model complex freight movements as they lack behavioral realism and adequate policy handles (Miller and Hatzopolou, 2008). In response to concerns towards aggregate freight models, state of the art modelling practices, particularly within academia, have shifted towards activity based freight models that represent the microscopic movement of commercial goods (Ferguson et al. 2012). This predominantly includes two classes of models (Chow et al., 2010): logistics models used to track the movement of goods across a supply chain from the manufacturer to the final consumer (Raothanachonkun et al., 2008; Holguín-Veras and Thorson, 2003) and truck tour models (for example: Hunt and Stefan, 2007; Ferguson et al. 2012). The work presented in this paper contributes to the latter paradigm by conceptualizing a new tour-based model (Figure 1) and developing two of its components: (1) Number of Stops, and (2) Type of Stops.


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  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
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  • Created Date: Jul 26 2016 5:03PM