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Modelling Freight Transport - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124104006, 9780124167087

Modelling Freight Transport

1st Edition

Authors: Lóránt Tavasszy Gerard De Jong
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124104006
eBook ISBN: 9780124167087
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 11th October 2013
Page Count: 268
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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.

Key Features

  • Uniquely focused book exploring the key issues and logistics of freight transport modelling
  • Highlights the latest approaches and describes the main methods and techniques used to arrive at operational models
  • Summarizes fundamental research into freight transport modeling, as well as current practices and advice for practitioners facing day-to-day challenges


Researchers, practitioners and students working on freight modelling

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

1. Introduction

1.1 Background and Objectives

1.2 Conceptual Framework for Freight Decisions

1.3 Freight Models – Theoretical Perspective of the Book

1.4 Freight Models – Practical Perspectives Addressed

1.5 Organisation of This Volume


2. Modelling Inter-Regional Freight Demand with Input–Output, Gravity and SCGE Methodologies

2.1 Introduction

2.2 State-of-the-Art in of Inter-Regional Freight Demand Modelling

2.3 Forecasting Inter-Regional Trade Using Gravity

2.4 Multi-Regional I/O Framework

2.5 Spatial General Equilibrium Models and NEG Effects

2.6 Conclusions and Ideas for Further Research


Suggestions for Further Reading

3. Freight Generation and Freight Trip Generation Models

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Literature Review

3.3 Logistical Interpretation of FG/FTG

3.4 Factors to Take into Account when Estimating or Applying FG and FTG

3.5 Case Study: FTG in the New York City Metropolitan Area

3.6 Conclusion


4. Distribution Structures

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The Micro Level

4.3 From Micro to Macro Level

4.4 Conclusion


5. Inventory Theory and Freight Transport Modelling

5.1 Inventory Theory

5.2 Microeconomics of Logistics and Freight Transport

5.3 Databases

5.4 The Econometrics of Freight Mode Choice and Shipment Size

5.5 Perspectives for Simulation


6. Mode Choice Models

6.1 Introduction

6.2 The Disaggregate Mode Choice Theory

6.3 Practical Examples


7. Vehicle-Trip Estimation Models

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Estimation of Loaded Trips

7.3 Estimation of Empty Trips

7.4 Concluding Remarks


8. Urban Freight Models

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Push Models of Urban Freight

8.3 Pull Models for Urban Freight

8.4 Emerging Modelling Approaches

8.5 Conclusions



9. Freight Service Valuation and Elasticities

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Freight Service Valuation

9.3 Freight Transport Elasticities


10. Data Availability and Model Form

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Overview of Different Data Sources for Freight Transport Modelling

10.3 Which Data Sources Can Be Used in Which Type of Model?

10.4 Discussion on Data Availability and Model Form

10.5 Dealing with Data Limitations Through Estimation

10.6 Concluding Remarks


11. Comprehensive Versus Simplified Models

11.1 Introduction

11.2 High- and Low-Resolution Models

11.3 Model Objectives and Policy Questions and Their Impact on Model Form

11.4 Approaches for Simplification

11.5 Concluding Remarks on Comprehensive Versus Simplified Models



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About the Authors

Lóránt Tavasszy

Lóri Tavasszy (1967) is full professor in Freight & Logistics Systems at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He has been with the Dutch national research institute TNO between 1996 and 2016, with several university assignments since 2004. He has published widely about freight transport modelling research topics, including the Elsevier textbook Modelling Freight Transport. Prof. Tavasszy is active in several US Transportation Research Board committees and chairs the scientific committee of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS). He has developed innovation roadmaps on freight corridors, the physical internet and zero-emission logistics within the European Technology Platform ALICE and on freight transport modelling with the Dutch Road and Waterways Authority Rijkswaterstaat

Affiliations and Expertise

full Professor of Freight and Logistics Systems at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Gerard De Jong

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

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