Evaluation of the Effect of Gate Strategies in Drayage Related Emissions

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Primary Investigator

Mei Cao
University of Wisconsin-Superior
P. O. Box 2000
Superior, Wisconsin 54880


Intermodal Marine Container Terminals are experiencing consistent growth in container volumes. Forecasts are that freight volumes will continue to increase and result in substantial increases in roadway congestion. This in turn will result in an increase of emissions produced by trucks that have been linked to health conditions including asthma, cancer and heart disease. In this project, a simulation platform will be developed to model the effect of different gate strategies to the reduction of drayage truck related emissions.


The objectives of the project are to develop a simulation model capable of implementing different gate strategies at an intermodal marine container terminal and to estimate the amount of the emissions produced by drayage trucks.


  1. Literature review
  2. Development of the traffic model
  3. Evaluation of gate strategies
  4. Final report

Project Information

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2012
  • Budget: CFIRE: $142,926; Total: $202,926
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student and one undergraduate
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Maritime, Intermodal
  • Project ID: CFIRE 04-19
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