Consequently, this paper presents a model, called the Urban Termainal Investment Model (UTIM), that can be applied in diverse urban areas to evaluate the economic feasibility of the consolidation terminal concept and to determine the following preferred system design variables based on a least-cost criterion: number of terminals; terminal locations, e.g., sites selected; timing of terminal capacity investments; and terminal zone assignments. Moreover, iterative application of UTIM for alternative variable sets will yield preferred values of these system design variables: limitation on shipment sizes consolidated and urban zonal boundaries. Least cost is the basic criterion for selecting preferred system designs because the terminal system will not be implemented without economic benefits. Also, social benefits are directly correlated with economic benefits because the savings in truck utilization will result in reduced congestion, air and noise pollution, and energy consumption. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 4-6
  • Monograph Title: Freight movement and demand
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  • Accession Number: 00189857
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM