U.S. Freight Network Resiliency Analysis

The US freight network, consisting of highway, railway, pipelines, maritime, air, and their intermodal operations, is a complex and dynamic system. Traffic jam at one location pushes freight to alternative freight routes while altering highway and railway freight traffic as a result. The failure of any one of the major Mississippi River crossings, such as the Hernando de Soto Bridge on I-40, can cause major delay not just to local interstate traffic but also long detours and days of delay to the US logistics. This project, as the first installment of a five-year effort, will evaluate existing models, identify capability gaps, set research priorities, assess/acquire relevant freight data, and chart the research roadmap forward to eventually adapt and develop a comprehensive set of models and algorithms representing the Nation’s multimodal network. Issues such as larger supply chain locational distribution and uncertainties, resiliency under interruption of services, global impacts and local realities in the wake of geopolitical shifts and climate changes, etc. can be modeled with this set of tools. The goal is to improve freight system efficiency and resiliency to better serve the national economy and security.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $357277
  • 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:

    Texas A&M University, College Station

    College Station, TX  United States  77840

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    John D. Tickle Building
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37886

    University of Illinois, Chicago

    Department of Civil and Materials Engineering
    842 West Taylor Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60607
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wang, Bruce

    Yunlong, Zhang

    Han, Lee

    Zou, Bo

  • 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: 01895578
  • 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 5:21PM