Addressing MAP-21 Freight Objectives using GPS Data

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Final Report

Primary Investigators

Mishra S., Ph.D., PE
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Memphis
112D Eng. Sc. Bldg., 3815 Central Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38152;


Freight planning and operation perspectives of MAP-21 includes development of a national freight plan to address freight congestion bottlenecks, connectivity enhancement of major intermodal centers, and determination of barriers to improve freight performance. Currently state DOTs are at a very early stage in their development of freight performance measures (FPMs) to meet MAP-21 objectives. Some states are reviewing methodologies and appropriate data needs to assess their feasibility in developing FPMs. The goal of this project is to develop FPMs to meet MAP-21 objectives and apply the methodology in CFIRE region.


Major goals of the project are to: (a) provide a set of comprehensive FPMs that can provide insight into functioning of the multifaceted freight transportation network, and (b) examine the CFIRE freight network and compute FPMs using truck GPS data to address MAP-21 objectives.


  1. Literature review
  2. Collect and analyze data in CFIRE region
  3. Development and computation of freight performance measures
  4. Sensitivity analysis to measure robustness
  5. Freight performance measures and their linkages to workforce development
  6. Final report

Project Information

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Dates: 7/1/2014 – 12/31/2015
  • Budget: $330,369 (UTC funds) and $334,055 (match funds)
  • Student Involvement: Five graduate students
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 09-18
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