A SIMULATION STUDY EXAMINING THE BENEFITS OF AN URBAN CONSOLIDATED TERMINAL

A simulation analysis (using original data on the movement of freight shipments within the central business district of Syracuse, New York) used to estimate the efficiency gains and cost reduction which could ve anticipated by central city freight movers as a result of their use of a consolidated freight terminal, indicated a possible annual saving of 1.6 million and 93 percent reduction in freight vehicle movement time. The data collection process necessary to calibrate the simulation model was accomplished by means of a cordon-crossing survey. The major components of the model are: demand generation, relating to inputs; terminal activities and vehicle routing; and performance measures report relating to outputs of the model. The study objectives and methodology are detailed, the survey results are set forth. The results of the experimental configuration having the greatest impact on reducing costs and vehicle flow are presented. Comments are made on the need for research on how the costs of building and operating offset the economic benefits, the institutional factors, and the trend toward more shippers entering the realm of private carriage.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • MCDERMOTT, D R
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 26-32
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134040
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM