Multidimensional Resource Allocation for Freight Transportation Planning

This paper compares four multidimensional resource allocation models to prioritize freight improvement projects for regional, state, and local transportation agencies to maximize return on investment. The proposed models are based on economic competitiveness with and without mutual exclusiveness in location, and equity in opportunity and outcome. Multiple dimensions of the models include the transportation mode, performance measures, improvement type, geographic regions, policy criteria, and time. Results from a case study in the State of Tennessee show that project selection based on equity in outcome provides the optimal balance between benefits and their distribution among counties, while project selection based on equity in opportunity results in the lowest total return on investment.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AT010 Standing Committee on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Bhattarai, Santosh
    • Golias, Mihalis M
    • Mishra, Sabyasachee
    • ORCID 0000-0002-7198-3548
    • Talebian, Ahmadreza
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01698372
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-01228
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:53AM