Freight Performance Micro Analysis Using Truck GPS data

Transportation industry, comprising of freight transport and warehousing, contributes to around 4% of Canada’s GDP, while trucking contributes to one-third of the industry GDP (Transport Canada, 2013; Statistics Canada, 2012). Also, trucking saw higher growth (25%) during the last decade, compared to 20% overall growth of the industry (Statistics Canada, 2012). It is, therefore, important to study how efficiently truck traffic is using the transport system. Analyzing freight performance involves, among other things, calculating congestion in the form of delays or speed, but unfortunately the availability of such data are limited at best (Gordon Proctor & Associates et al., 2011). Automatic speed recorders (dual loop vehicle detectors) on highways provide speed only at certain segments of the road network. The traditional sources of freight performance data are limited to large geographic scales and are not suitable for local planning purposes (Chase et al., 2013). Global Positioning System (GPS) data, derived from trucks, has addressed many of these issues and data gaps, and has been increasingly used in freight analyses. Since 2002, Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with the American Transportation Research Institute, has been studying truck performance on major highways (Jones et al., 2005). Similar attempts have been made to study state level highways (Golias et al., 2012). However, there have been limited attempts, if any, in terms of looking at freight performance in urban areas. This study addresses the gap. Specifically, the study looks at how efficient the freight system is in Halifax. In this study, the focus is on both the road transport network and container operations at the Port of Halifax.


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  • Monograph Title: Canadian Transportation Research Forum 50th Annual Conference - Another 50 Years: Where to From Here?//Un autre 50 ans : qu'en est-il à partir de maintenant? Montreal, Quebec, May 24-26, 2015

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  • Accession Number: 01605013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2016 5:03PM