Study the Impacts of Freight Consolidation and Truck Sharing on Freight Mobility

The trucking industry has become an indispensable part of the economy. However, the trucking industry in the United States (U.S.) is very fragmented. It is difficult for small carriers to get enough shipping demand to fill the truckload for every trip, especially the returning trip. It is estimated around 20% of trucks on roads are traveling empty. Traveling empty trucks increases the freight costs, and contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution. Recently developed online freight-matching marketplaces can help small carriers find shippers to fill the truckload quickly. Such online freight-matching market places are rising to prominence with a network of small carriers. As the size of the network grows, large carriers also start to use this option to handle unmet demand or unused capacities. However, online freight consolidation is highly complex due to the many different types and sizes of freight and trucks. It is very difficult and time-consuming for carriers to search shippers’ demand information online to identify freight consolidation options. As such, there is a need to provide consolidation solutions to the carriers. The goal of this project is to show the impacts of online freight consolidation on freight mobility, congestion and emission reduction, and thus draw the attention of transportation authorities and logistics companies. This project will lead more resources and experts to study online freight matching problems to further improve freight efficiency and reduce traffic congestion and emissions.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $110000
    • Contract Numbers:

      17ITSOKS02

    • 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:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Transportation Consortium of South-Central States

      Louisiana State University
      Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
    • Project Managers:

      Ahmed, Samir

    • Performing Organizations:

      Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

      School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      207 Engineering South
      Stillwater, OK  United States  74078
    • Principal Investigators:

      Liu, Tieming

      Zhao, Chaoyue

    • Start Date: 20170508
    • Expected Completion Date: 20181108
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01635002
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States
    • Contract Numbers: 17ITSOKS02
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 16 2017 1:17PM