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Freight Transport Modelling

Freight Transport Modelling.


Moshe Ben-Akiva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA
Hilde Meersman, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Eddy Van de Voorde, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium


The on-going globalisation and the increasing demand for flexibility in modern businesses have made transport, together with business logistics, a major functional domain.

Transport growth is essentially for economic growth but is not without negative impacts. External effects such as pollution, congestion, accidents and damage to infrastructure generate considerable social costs that impose a heavy burden on society. Read an Abstract of Chapter 2: The Relationship between Economic Activity and Freight Transport (Meersman and Van de Voorde).

This book also addresses the need to develop new freight transport models and scientific tools to provide sound solutions that consider the wide range of internal and external impacts. The international contributions push forward frontiers in freight transport modelling and analysis. Read the full introduction.


  • Significantly extended version of Recent Developments in Transport Modelling - Lessons for the Freight Sector (2008)/LI>
  • addresses the need to develop new freight transport models and scientific tools to counter internal and external economic impacts
  • delivers theoretical and empirical input on three levels: global, regional and local (urban)
  • presents insightful contributions from respected international experts in transport economics and freight modelling
  • concludes with consideration of the research priorities in this field.

Read the full Table of Contents


It's a valuable reference for experienced researchers and doctoral students active in research on freight issues. The transport policy aspects of the book will also be of interest to transport decision-makers in both government and industry.

Editor Profiles

Prof. Moshe Ben-Akiva is the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Director of the MIT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Lab. Read more.... 

Prof. Hilde Meersman completed her PhD in Applied Economics. She is a full professor at the University of Antwerp where she teaches in the fields of Econometrics, Transport Modelling, and Economics. Read more....

Prof. Eddy Van de Voorde is Full Professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics. His activities are situated in Maritime Economics, Port Economics, Air Transport and Logistics. Read more.... 

With top contributors including:

Gerard de Jong, Significance, ITS Leeds, UK & CTS Stockholm, Sweden

Denis Bolduc, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada

Tomer Toledo, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA

Francesco Russo, Universita degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy

Book Information

ISBN Print: 9781781902851
Publication Date: 14 May 2013
Format print: Hardback
Page count: 497
Dimensions: 174 x 246

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