Route Choice Characteristics of Owner-Operated Trucks in Southern California Freeways

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Project Summary

This project develops a full research design to evaluate route choice characteristics used by owner-operated trucks in Southern California when choosing from two or three different types of roads. Shipper responses to travel cost, reliability on-time arrival, comfort, convenience, safety, and ownership are important to understand shipper behaviors and to aid in developing appropriate strategies and incentives for better managing shared systems. Since a little studies have been known about travel time reliability, it is important to conduct travel time studies as travel time information between key points within the study area provides the identification of those segments in need of improvements. This project will fill a gap in the literature since there has been little value of time oriented research around the choice problem of truck routing. The findings of this full research design will be a foundation for conducting a large-scale research project by providing insight into the truck travel patterns. In order to achieve the objective, the work will include: 1) critical literature review on stated preference survey methods; 2) clear and detailed statement of objectives for the stated preference survey; 3) development of a survey instrument; 4) identification of the sample population; 5) proposed methodology for generating a representative sample of respondents; and 6) pilot test of the survey instrument.

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Topic Area

Integrated Freight and Passenger Systems

P.I. Name & Address

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management; College of Engineering
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States

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Agency ID or Contract Number

Grant No: 65A0533

Start and End Dates

8/15/2015 to 8/14/2016