TPRG Researchers Receive Grant from Maryland State Highway Administration

Research Assistant Professor Sabyasachee Mishra, Ph.D., has been awarded a research grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration. Dr. Mishra will create a freight mode and route choice model for alleviating freight congestion in Maryland. Transportation Policy Research Group Senior Research Scientist Frederick W. Ducca, Ph.D., will serve as co-principal investigator on the project.

In an increasingly competitive national and global economy, Maryland’s businesses and industries depend on a safe, efficient, reliable, and cost-effective freight transportation system. The current economic climate, coupled with the projected increase in freight volume, has made freight mode and route choice increasingly important. To ensure Maryland’s highway network is equal to the task, this project will provide metropolitan planning organizations with a statewide model needed to make better policy decisions at the local level.

The project will include an assessment of key data sources for analyzing freight mode and route choice, a comprehensive literature review, and a freight modeling framework. Researchers will then analyze the State of Maryland in order to calibrate the model and explore the sensitivity of freight mode and route choice to various policy decisions. Dr. Mishra has received $100,000 from the Maryland State Highway Administration to complete this work.