Freight Modeling and Assessment

Truck Technology Assessments

CS leads in developing strategies to identify the potential costs, benefits and other impacts of fuel economy technologies. We are experts in assessing indirect costs including vehicle costs, congestion impacts, safety impacts and other factors in addition to the direct effects on fuel usage. Our work has proven critical in guiding investment decisions and financing strategies.

Economic and Industry Competitiveness Assessments

Seaports, port authorities, regional coalitions and others look to Cambridge Systematics for expertise in developing forecasts and analysis of trade and freight flow activity. Our work identifies regional, national and international trade and transportation trends and assesses how those trends correspond to freight demand. We also develop competitive assessments for regions and municipalities to help agencies understand which industry clusters are the best candidates for attraction and retention as part of an overall economic development strategy.

Freight Operations Program Evaluation, Process Improvement and Business Planning

CS brings a rigorous, hypothesis-driven approach to program evaluation. We understand how state and national data sets augment agency data generated business processes, strategic initiatives, and technology. We provide decision-makers with concrete results and realistic process improvements to help them refine their business over time.

Freight Demand Model Development and Application

CS has continuously advanced the state of the practice in freight and truck modeling. Our methods combine the best of commodity flow models, vehicle-based travel demand models, operational simulations and modal diversion models. We integrate these and other tools for an approach that considers mobility, economic impact, benefit-cost, air quality and safety analysis. Our current initiatives include the development of advanced regional freight models that incorporate supply chain and urban logistics practices in the modeling framework.