Impact of Multimodal Freight Network on Private Sector Global Distribution

At the strategic level, private sector companies develop their distribution systems through the location of manufacturing plants, distribution centers, and warehouses, largely based on the established multimodal network infrastructure. In many cases, private distribution systems function in the context of global or national supply chains, which adds complexity to their planning and decision making. Accordingly, the private sector’s distribution system efficiency depends on the inherent resiliency and efficiency of the multimodal network. For this reason, it is important to develop a framework to quantify the impact of the multimodal freight transportation network on the efficiency of private distribution systems. This research project will develop network models to quantify the impact of multimodal network components on private sector efficiencies in terms of operational cost. This is envisioned as a project to be completed in phases, with the first phase focusing on the development and testing of a network model for multimodal freight transportation that would be used to assess performance metrics that are relevant for the planning and operation of distribution systems.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $120000
  • 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:

    Oregon State University, Corvallis

    Corvallis, OR  United States  97331
  • Principal Investigators:

    Vergara, Hector

    Hernandez, Salvador

  • Start Date: 20231001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01895582
  • 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 6:00PM