Emerging Motor Carrier Technologies: Effects on Relative Freight Costs with Implications for U.S. Railroad Investments

This project explores the effects of platooning and self-driving technologies on the costs of truck freight relative to that of rail freight. The findings of this research can be used to provide better forecasts of the future of the freight industry. The results will help U.S. transportation companies and policy makers to gauge the long-term effects on the relative costs of providing rail versus motor carrier freight services. The results could also help guide policy makers toward more efficient infrastructure investment strategies to meet future freight needs.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $25000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Midwest Transportation Center

    Iowa State University
    2711 S Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Institute for Transportation
    2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Missouri, St. Louis

    1 University Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO  United States  63121-4400
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mundy, Ray

  • Start Date: 20160801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170601
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01618252
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Midwest Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT-13-G-UTC37
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 1 2016 12:01PM