The study investigates the economic feasibility of implementing the concept of a consolidated terminal for small shipments destined to or originating in the central business district (CBD) of an urban area. More specifically, this involves the determination of the number and location(s) of hypothetical consolidation terminal(s) within the greater Columbus, Ohio, metropolitan area, and the assignation of shipments to each terminal in terms of CBD zones and clusters of truck operators. The consolidation terminal site selection problem is formulated as a linear integer programming model which takes into consideration the various characteristics of the CBD small shipment. Shipment sizes of 5000 pounds or less, and 1000 pounds or less were investigated. The solution technique developed for the model utilizes a linear programming computer algorithm for the initial solution; an iterative heuristic solution approach follows which provides for only integer values of the binary variables and for the nonlinear nature of the operating cost function. The heuristic solution converges rapidly and can be adopted wherever linear computer programming is available.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Part 2, PB-239854.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ohio State University, Columbus

    College of Administration Science
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • ROBESON, J F
    • Lai, A W
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 133 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RF-3491-TR-1 Pt-3 Tech. Rpt., UMTA-OH-11-0001-74-3
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1977 12:00AM