Efficiencies in Freight & Passenger Routing & Scheduling

The growth in the number of containers has already introduced congestion and threatened accessibility to many terminals. The congestion at a port, in turn, magnifies the congestion in the adjacent metropolitan traffic network. At the same time, more and more container terminals require Just-In-Time (JIT) cargo delivery and pickup due to advances in information technologies and limited space for storing containers. These facts magnify the need for finding better ways of performing truck operations in metropolitan areas adjacent to the ports. Congestion affects the trucking industry on three major service dimensions: travel time, reliability, and cost. Trucking is a commercial activity, and trucking operations are driven by the needs to satisfy customer demands and to operate at the lowest possible cost. The transportation industry has undergone significant change in the last few years through the introduction of information technologies. The dynamic VRP has emerged as an active and intense area of research, both due to industry needs and to technological advances, including map databases, location determination technology (e.g., global positioning systems), wireless communication and mobile computing. The project will investigate the potential benefits as well as methods for generating partial routing techniques for freight transportation in uncertain and dynamic environments in which the information of the network parameters are partially available a priori or are becoming available in the course of time. The project will focus on developing computationally fast heuristics such as insertion heuristics to generate the partial routes. Overall the proposed approach could generate routing solutions that could reduce freight vehicle miles traveled, thus minimizing the impact of freight on passenger travel in metropolitan areas.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100,000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Valentine Deguzman, Victoria

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research

    University of Southern California
    650 Childs Way, RGL 107
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dessouky, Maged

  • Start Date: 20140101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37135

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572624
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC57
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2015 1:00AM