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Behavior-Based National Freight Demand Modeling

Start Date: July 2017
Funding: Resource Systems Group; U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Anne GoodchildDr. Ed McCormack

Current models for forecasting freight movement in the United States have been developed primarily at the statewide level, along with a few regional freight forecasting models. This project is developing a national freight forecasting model for the FHWA. The model, the first of its kind at the national level, will support national freight policy making and planning. As a subcontractor to RSG, UW researchers are helping to identify the most useful and promising structures for a national model and are leading the evaluation of model components and their integration. They are also developing an approach to test the potential specifications for each model component and are contributing to the development of national sources of data for use in the model. The project will demonstrate the model in a software application.

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Development of a Behavioral-Based National Freight Demand Model Fact Sheet