OPTIMAL PRICING OF RAIL INTERMODAL FREIGHT: MODELS AND TESTS

This report presents the results of research into the pricing of intermodal rail-truck service in competition with over-the-road truck service. Various optimization models are developed that incorporate different assumptions regarding the mode choice behavior of shippers (using minimum logistics cost and logit formulations), intermodal costs, and trucking network structure. Test applications to a corridor are performed. The primary conclusion is that this approach holds much promise, but that an actual test on a carrier's network using data from its marketing department is necessary to assess the applicability of this approach.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Concrete Institute (ACI)

    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI  United States  48331

    Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center

    Pennsylvania State University
    201 Transportation Research Building
    University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710
  • Authors:
    • Tsai, J F
    • Morlock, E K
    • Smith, T E
  • Publication Date: 1994-5

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 205 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728811
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UPO7-1, III-9602
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1996 12:00AM