Freight Planning Support System for Northeastern Illinois

This research was initiated to study national model of multi-modal freight flow at the county level that will be able to answer various questions related to local, national and international freight issues.

Principal Investigator(s):

Kazuya Kawamura

Participants:

Kazuya Kawamura

Status:

10/01/2010

Objective:

To develop a policy analysis tool that can assist public agencies in the formulation of effective strategies for the Chicago region and also Midwest to cope with the anticipated increase in freight traffic.

Strategy:

Develop a national model of multi-modal freight flow at the county level.

Expected Results or Products:

A national model of multi-modal freight flow at the county level that will be able to answer the questions such as:

  • What will be the traffic impacts of continuing increase in the international container flow through Chicago?
  • What will be the economic impact of such changes for Illinois and the Midwest?
  • What will be the impacts, both regional and national, of CREATE?
  • What will be the impacts of Panama Canal widening on the freight flow patterns for the nation and Illinois? What can we do to prepare?
  • What will be the impacts of super-high-capacity container ships? What do we need to do to prepare?
  • What are the impacts of capacity crunch or increase at the major entry ports?
  • What will be the cost of “doing nothing?”

Individual modules include: county-level fright inbound and outbound volume estimates, and shipment based microsimulation model of goods movement.

Download:

Download the report

Contact:

Kazuya Kawamura
Urban Transportation Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607
Voice: (312) 413-12689
Fax: (312) 413-0006
Email: kazuya@uic.edu

Sponsors:

The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at University of Wisconsin, Madison
Illinois Department of Transportation

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