Modeling the Impacts of Changes in Freight Demand, Infrastructure Improvements and Policy Measures on a Metropolitan Region

The objective of the proposed study is to develop a modeling framework that would be able to ascertain the magnitude of impacts that an infrastructure improvement or a policy in conjunction with the changes in truck traffic might have on a regional and local level as well. The analysis using regional models will specifically focus on identifying the impacts of change in freight truck demand on highway system reliability, environmental reliability, safety, social cost etc. The framework will specifically analyze the relationship between a change in truck volume to and from the Port Newark/New York area and the roadway network performance, maintenance cost and user benefits. The research will quantify system capacity improvements, highway maintenance savings, user cost benefits, and environmental and safety benefits resulted from the infrastructure and/or policy implementations. The Port of New York and New Jersey (PONYNJ) is connected with the highly evolved, intricate networks of highway, rail, marine port, and air cargo facilities, and the most densely populated area in the nation. As such, the impact that PONYNJ could have on a region is a perfect test-bed location for evaluating the impacts of policy measures and infrastructure improvements on a region. The North Jersey Regional Transportation Model (NJRTM-E) will be used to reach the objectives of this research. The NJRTM-E encompasses freight volume designated for the PONYNJ. The NJRTM-E is capable to fully incorporate the multi-modal nature of the transportation issues facing northern New Jersey. The model includes all of New York City and Long Island, portions of southern New Jersey, portions of southern New York State, and portions of eastern Pennsylvania. The model contains socioeconomic data and estimates based on the latest available forecasts and detailed highway network. For these reasons NJRTM-E will be used in ascertaining the impact of change in freight truck traffic on a regions mobility, safety and environment. Most importantly, the model enables users to analyze “what-if” scenarios that quantify the changes in the regional highway network due to infrastructure investments, policy implementations and changes in truck demand. The primary function of the NJRTM-E is to simulate the movement of freight trucks. Several scenarios within the Cube model will be developed to reflect the change in truck volumes during the day and during vessel arrivals. The cost-benefit analysis based on an economic theory model will be developed to ascertain the change in truck volume and infrastructure movements or policies. The NJRTM-E model, based on developed forecasts, has an ability to simulate regional traffic conditions until Year 2035 that enables long term analysis of implemented polices or infrastructure improvements. The approach proposed by US Department of Transportation (USDOT), and implemented in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Deployment Analysis System (IDAS) will be used to quantify mobility, safety, and environmental impacts. The framework will incorporate the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) methodology to estimate the impact of truck traffic on pavement and the economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes and its associated cost. The New Jersey Statewide Transportation Improvement Program provides a listing of statewide contains local and state highway projects as well as the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) projects and funds allocated to each project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $188546
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Rd
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Truban, Paul

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University Heights
    Newark, NJ  United States  07102-1982
  • Principal Investigators:

    Spasovic, Lazar

    Zhang, Wen

    Besenski, Dejan

  • Start Date: 20151201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20161231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01590432
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC28, CAIT-UTC-NC25
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 17 2016 10:29AM