Modelling Freight Transport


  • Lóránt Tavasszy, Delft University of Technology and TNO, Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Gerard De Jong, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Freight Transport Modelling is a unique new reference book that provides insight into the state-of-the-art of freight modelling. Focusing on models used to support public transport policy analysis, Freight Transport Modelling systematically introduces the latest freight transport modelling approaches and describes the main methods and techniques used to arrive at operational models.

As freight transport has grown exponentially in recent decades, policymakers now need to include freight flows in quantitative evaluations of transport systems. Whereas early freight modelling practice was inspired by passenger transport models, by now it has developed its separate stream of methods and techniques inspired by disciplines such as economic geography and supply chain management.

Besides summarizing the latest achievements in fundamental research, this book describes the state of practice and advises practitioners on how to cope with typical challenges such as limitations in data availability.

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Researchers, practitioners and students working on freight modelling


Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-410400-6

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. I/O models, Gravity and SCGE models
Chapter 3. Freight and trip generation models
Chapter 4. Mode choice models
Chapter 5. Inventory models in relation to mode choice
Chapter 6. Distribution structures
Chapter 7. Conversion from freight to trips
Chapter 8. Urban freight models
Chapter 9. Freight service valuation and elasticities
Chapter 10. Data availability and model form
Chapter 11. Comprehensive vs. simplified models