Cambridge Systematics and The Maricopa Association of Governments win Transportation Research Board’s “Best Data Fusion Application” Award

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Innovations in Freight Data Workshop Planning Committee granted the “Best Data Fusion Application” award to the Mega-Regional Multi-Modal Agent-Based Behavioral Freight Model developed by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and a team of consultants led by Cambridge Systematics, Inc. (CS).  Key team members also included staff from RS&H, CDM Smith, and ATRI.   

“Our joint submission was selected from a pool of 20 applications for integrating traditional and underutilized data, which is a common gap when modeling freight flows. CS is honored to be a part of the recipient team. As a forward thinking firm, we thrive on bringing innovative ideas to transportation agencies to help them meet their goals.” –Kimon Proussaloglou, Executive Vice President of CS  

The model will be presented during the Award Winners Panel at the TRB Innovations in Freight Data Workshop on May 17th in California.   

About the Mega-Regional Multi-Modal Agent-Based Behavioral Freight Model

The Mega-Regional Multi-Modal Agent-Based Behavioral Freight Model is a new generation regional freight model based on the principles identified in the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) C20 findings and is consistent with MAG freight flows forecasting needs. The new model:

  • Captures behavioral aspects of the freight agents through a firm synthesizer;
  • Includes supply chain and logistics decisions of firms including shippers, carriers and receivers; and
  • Uses tour-based models for intraregional truck movements.

The overall model provides detailed outputs by multiple temporal resolutions, economic sectors, commodity types, industry class and truck types.

The model informs decisions on infrastructure improvements and state-wide planning, and it provides more accurate forecasting for the economic revitalization of the state and the region.

About Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Cambridge Systematics specializes in transportation and is a recognized leader in the development of innovative policy and planning solutions, objective analysis and technology applications. It is committed to making transportation better for future generations. The firm this year celebrates 45 years of leveraging technology and ingenuity to advance the world of transportation through deep expertise and effective partnerships. It builds cutting-edge yet practical solutions that make a meaningful difference in every community it touches. Based in Massachusetts, the firm has twelve offices across the US.

About The Maricopa Association of Governments

The Maricopa Association of Governments is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area. MAG is the regional air quality planning agency and metropolitan planning organization for transportation for all jurisdictions in Maricopa County, including the Phoenix urbanized area and the contiguous urbanized area in Pinal County, including the Town of Florence and City of Maricopa. MAG has also been designated by the Governor to serve as the principal planning agency for the region in a number of other areas, including water quality and solid waste management. Through an Executive Order from the Governor, MAG develops population estimates and projections for the region. Extensive primary research aids in this work. This year MAG will celebrate 50 years of serving the regional community. When MAG was formed in 1967, the elected officials recognized the need for data driven long-range planning and policy development on a regional scale. They realized that many issues such as transportation, air quality and human services affected residents beyond the borders of their individual jurisdictions.