Truck Route Choice Modeling using Large Streams of GPS Data

The overarching goal of this research is to utilize large streams of global position system (GPS) data of truck movements to analyze the travel routes (or paths) freight trucks choose to travel between different origins and destinations. To this end, the project will develop truck route choice models for understanding the factors influencing freight-truck route choice patterns in metropolitan regions of Florida. The large amount data to be used for this project offers an unprecedented opportunity to observe truck travel paths of a large number of trips between different origin and destination locations in Florida. Taking advantage of this, the project will analyze the diversity of observed truck travel paths between different origin and destination locations. Such an analysis will shed light into the factors, such as characteristics of the highway network structure, influencing the variability of truck travel paths between different origin and destination locations. Subsequently, the project will develop modeling tools to analyze and forecast the travel path choices of freight trucks under alternative scenarios. The models and findings from this project can potentially be used for designing short-term truck routing policies aimed at congestion mitigation, improving reliability, and for maintenance of good repair. Besides, it is essential to understand and to forecast truck travel route choice and the aggregate level network performance for medium- to long-term decisions such as the designation of truck routes, addition of new truck corridors, and by-pass routes. In addition, understanding individual truck route choice patterns can help in estimating link-level truck traffic volumes that have a bearing on highway pavement management decisions.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $167753
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  • 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 Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

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

    Szary, Patrick

    Hunter, B

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of South Florida, Tampa

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    4202 E. Flowler Avenue, ENB 118
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620-5350
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pinjari, Abdul

  • Start Date: 20160401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599020
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC28, CAIT-UTC-NC32
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 17 2016 9:33AM