Develop Models for Freight Flows and Commercial Travel Patterns within Texas Urban Regions

This project will use a phased work plan to develop a freight model within one or more urban areas of the state of Texas using the most current state of the practice methods and data sources. The Performing Agency will produce a freight model through an interactive and iterative process by the Performing Agency, TxDOT, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) partners using the concept of first creating a “minimum viable product” as used in commercial software development. Key initial steps to this process will be investigation of similar recent freight modeling efforts in the United States (U.S.), early identification of freight model requirements for both TxDOT and local/regional planning efforts, selection of the type/function of model that will address those requirements, and an assessment of data availability and of any fatal flaws that might be encountered. The research team will then work cooperatively with the selected MPO partner to build and implement a state-of-the-practice model that can be iteratively improved over time as additional data or methods emerge. Training for model users and an ongoing, web-based forum for users to share insights and questions are also part of the work plan. Reporting of results and transferability to diverse MPOs are other key features of the project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $1654330
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Adediwura, Jade

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Morgan, Curtis

  • Start Date: 20200303
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: TxDOT Research Library

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01743927
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7037
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2020 2:49PM