Dynamic network simulation-assignment platform for multiproduct intermodal freight transportation analysis

Hani S. Mahmassani*, Kuilin Zhang, Jing Dong, Chung Cheng Lu, Vishnu Charan Arcot, Elise Miller-Hooks

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This paper develops a dynamic freight network simulation-assignment platform for the analysis of multiproduct intermodal freight transportation systems. At the core of the platform is a model framework for the mode-path assignment problem in multimodal freight transportation networks. The framework consists of three main components: a multi-modal freight network simulation component, a multimodal freight assignment component, and a multiple product intermodal shortest path procedure. The freight network simulation component incorporates a bulk queuing model to evaluate transfer delay experienced by shipments at intermodal transfer terminals, classification yards, and ports. The multimodal freight assignment component determines the network flow pattern from a mode-path alternative set calculated by the multiple product intermodal shortest path procedure, based on the link travel costs and node transfer delays from the multimodal freight network simulation component. This model can represent individual shipment mode-path choice behavior, consolidation policy, conveyance link moving, and individual shipment terminal transfer in an iterative solution framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommercialn Fleet and Transit Network Modeling 2007
PublisherNational Research Council
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780309104593
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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