A GPS-Based Survey of Freight Movements in the Midwest Region

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Primary Investigator

Kouros Mohammadian
University of Illinois at Chicago
842 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607


The proposed project will augment another study by expanding its scope to include a GPS survey of a portion of participants. This will allow collecting establishment information, shipment information, and GPS-based routing information. The study findings would help to modify current freight modeling approaches that have been seriously questioned. The study would also improve freight movement efficiency and can assist responsible agencies in developing strategies for possible reduction of congestion in the region with a significant proportion of freight movement.


The main objective of the proposed study is to conduct a new disaggregate GPS survey with specific focus on the Midwest region that can facilitate analysis of the freight shippers in the region, their decision making process, route choice, and their interactions with the rest of the country.


  1. Survey Tool Development and Training
  2. Participant Recruitment
  3. Survey Implementation
  4. Data Analysis
  5. Dissemination of Findings

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2011
  • Budget: $78,941
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student and five undergraduates
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Rail, Intermodal
  • Project ID: CFIRE 04-13
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