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Modeling Truck & Commercial Vehicle Travel

Where do trucks travel in the Baltimore region? How do we project where they will be traveling throughout the region in the future? It is a question decision makers ponder in making future transportation plans.

Truck travel has greatly increased in recent years, due in part to the growth of e-commerce and increased mobility. Truck traffic can account for over 15% of total traffic and consume over 25% of available roadway capacity on major freight routes, such as I-95, and near major intermodal terminals such as the Port of Baltimore and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Truck and Commercial Vehicle Models CompletedBecause of the importance of air quality and goods movement as part of regional transportation planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council updated its truck models in mid-2002.

To help project what routes trucks will use in the future, staff developed a new truck model, which captures three different types of vehicles (as pictured, right). Truck trips are generated based on type of employment – retail, industrial and office – as well as by the number of households.

This new truck model will enable the regional travel demand model to better predict freight travel, traffic congestion, and air quality emissions.

Below are a series of papers and reports ranging from the technical documentation to user friendly presentations to ease into the topic.

Detailed technical reports

Papers submitted to TRB Applications Conference – April 2003

Materials prepared for group presentations

*Cited as one of the “Best Papers From 2003 Transportation Planning Applications”

For more information:
Charles Baber, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-732-0500 x1056.


Commercial Truck

Commercial light-duty vehicle: Those trips that are business-oriented and are not personal transportation. This includes a wide range of light trucks: pickups, vans, minivans, and sports-utility vehicles (SUVs), as well as passenger vehicles that are used for business purposes (e.g. taxis).

Commercial Truck

Medium trucks: Vehicles with two axles - “Box/Panel”

 Medium Truck

Heavy trucks: Vehicles with three or more axles

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:35