New research projects
Two new research projects have been executed as of July 26 from the University of Memphis Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI). The projects are also funded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
James Dobbins and Mark Abkowitz will share Principal Investigator duties on “Network Analysis of Freight Diversion and Capacity Issues in Tennessee,” and Edsel Daniel will lead the development of a short course on “Freight Transportation Benefit Cost Analysis.”
Dobbins and Abkowitz will examine truck alternate routes for all Interstate exits in Tennessee using geographic information systems (GIS) and the Intermodal Freight GIS Network. Issues relating to the detours in terms of bridge weight limitations, bridge clearances, and frequent crash locations will be detailed. A second part of the project is to study network vulnerability of freight transportation infrastructure in Tennessee. This work will be performed using a series of case studies.
Daniel will develop a one and a half day course for TDOT employees and external stakeholders that exposes students to policies, concepts and methods utilized in performing benefit-cost analysis for freight transportation projects.