Date of Award

1-31-1993

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Transportation - (M.S.)

Department

Executive Committee for the Interdisciplinary Program in Transportation

First Advisor

Lazar Spasovic

Second Advisor

Louis J. Pignataro

Third Advisor

Athanassios K. Bladikas

Abstract

Traffic congestion is a major problem in many central business districts. Many strategies have been proposed and implemented to solve or alleviate this problem. One of the most common strategies is to impose travel restrictions on the movement of trucks, without reviewing the economic consequences of goods movement restrictions on shippers, customers and on the overall business activity of the area.

This research examines the effect of various truck restrictive policies on the cost of urban goods movement, using the central business district of Manhattan as a case study. Computer simulation techniques are used to evaluate several scenarios under different regulations and obtain the travel time and speed of vehicles through the network. The cost incurred by the vehicles is computed and the economic impact and feasibility of the regulations are analyzed.

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