Freight Planning Support System for NE Illinois

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Primary Investigator

Kazuya Kawamura
University of Illinois, Chicago
412 S. Peoria St., Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607


The overall framework for the development of the policy analysis tool follows that of the traditional commodity-based freight demand forecasting model, consisting of commodity flow generation, mode choice, and route choice modules. However, each module is developed using a novel approach that addresses the shortcomings of the existing methods.


The aim of this project, which is funded by both the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and CFIRE grant, is to develop a policy analysis tool that can assist public agencies in the formulation of effective strategies for the Chicago region and also Midwest to cope with the anticipated changes in both the volume and the flow pattern of freight traffic in the long term.


  1. Literature review
  2. County level commodity flow data and estimation of freight O-D trip table
  3. Behavioral mode choice model for freight transportation
  4. Freight routing model for ports and networks

Project Information

  • Duration: 36 months
  • Dates: October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2010
  • Budget: $270,807 (CFIRE); $462,572 (Total)
  • Student Involvement: Two graduate students
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Rail
  • Project ID: CFIRE 02-29
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