Socially responsible road charging for online retailers to support disadvantaged urban communities

This research project will investigate a socially responsible model for road charging for Online Merchandise Delivery Vehicles (OMDVs). This concept is planned to be achieved through a ‘cost and reward’ traffic control priority system. The methodology will first develop the ‘right formula’ to charge extra fees for OMDVs, which will be implemented as a traffic control priority at signalized intersections and other relevant parts of the urban intersection. Then, such policy-based priority decision support system will be tested under several policy and traffic demand and multimodal use scenarios. It is expected that the results will be able to show a right trade off between priority given to OMDVs and the extracted fees which can be utilized to improve road infrastructure. The results of this research are expected to be disseminated at various professional and scientific events both nationally and internationally. Also, the technology transfer will be sought with the most relevant industry partners while educational benefits will be achieved through training of PhD scholars.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States 

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Niehaus, Joseph

    • Principal Investigators:

      Khazanovich, Lev

      Stevanovic, Aleksandar

    • Start Date: 20230901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240901
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893878
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348303
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 21 2023 2:53PM