Intermodal Solutions for Freight Flows in Southwest U.S.

This project is to develop an integrated intermodal transportation and logistics network in the Southwest to make the American supply chain resilient and sustainable. This project addresses the current supply chain disruptions at and around California ports and fundamentally improves environmental, economic, and social sustainability. This project will develop decision-making models and algorithms to design intermodal transportation networks and operations in Southwest U.S. that will implement the proposed intermodal solution to move containers directly from ports to inland warehouses or intermodal terminals. The benefits of the proposed intermodal solution to environmental, economic, and social sustainability will be quantified for all stakeholders and involved communities. Specially, models and analyses will show railroads that actually they can make money for short-haul businesses in this intermodal system due to the lower loading costs, no need of classification, simple management, large volume, and good work-life balance for conductors and rail engineers.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $160582
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Freight Transportation for Efficient and Resilient Supply Chain

    University of Tennessee Knoxville
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37996
  • Project Managers:

    Bruner, Britain

    Kaplan, Marcella

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN  United States 

    California State University, Long Beach

    1250 Bellflower Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA  United States  90840
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jin, Mingzhou

    Chandra, Shailesh

  • Start Date: 20230801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01895577
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Freight Transportation for Efficient and Resilient Supply Chain
  • Contract Numbers: 69-A3552348338
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2023 5:18PM