Analysis of National County-Level Heavy-Duty Freight Truck Emissions

A national level travel demand model for heavy freight trucks was created to determine the effects if these vehicles on national air quality. A commodity-based freight flow model was created from various sources to estimate national county-level freight flows. The flows were then converted to truck trips through the use of payload factors determined from the vehicle inventory and use study (VIUS) database. Finally, the truck trips were assigned to a national highway network and heavy freight vehicle, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) was determined on the county level. The model performance was evaluated against both the results for another national level model, the Freight Analysis Framework, and against actual vehicle count data. The estimated truck activity characteristics were then input to a freight truck emission model to evaluate the air quality impacts of freight trucking. The model represents a new method for the development of freight truck travel demand models by using actual truck travel characteristics to fit the results of the gravity model procedure. This represents a useful advance in working around the lack of trip distribution data in the field of freight activity and air quality modeling.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-10
  • Monograph Title: Transportation, Land Use, Planning, and Air Quality. Selected Papers of the Transportation, Land Use, Planning and Air Quality Conference 2009

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01142146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784410592
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2009 11:45AM