Elise Miller-Hooks

Publications: Journal 28

“Application and Validation of a Dynamic Freight Simulation-Assignment Model to a Large-Scale Intermodal Rail Network: The Pan-European Case”

Transportation Research Record 2066, 9-20.
Zhang, K., R. Nair, H. Mahmassani, E. Miller-Hooks, V. Arcot, A. Kuo, J. Dong. C. Lu (2008)

Pub28A dynamic intermodal multi-product freight network simulation-assignment model is presented with application to a large-scale intermodal rail network. Methodology pertaining to the simulation-assignment framework and representation and implementation considerations in dealing with large networks are discussed. The model is applied to a pan-European rail network spanning 11 countries from Scandinavia to Greece. A shippers’ decision is disaggregated to an individual shipment level using a dynamic micro-assignment methodology where a joint mode, path, service, and carrier choice is made. A mode choice function for this joint choice is calibrated and issues relating to heterogeneity of freight characteristics are discussed. The model is validated by analyzing convergence patterns, and measures of performance, namely mode splits, compared with other studies. Two examples demonstrate the role of the model as a policy and decision support tool. The impact of expedited operations at international borders and infrastructure improvements on rail services is quantified.


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

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Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
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