CS leads in developing strategies to identify the potential costs, benefits and other impacts of fuel economy technologies. We are experts in assessing indirect costs including vehicle costs, congestion impacts, safety impacts and other factors in addition to the direct effects on fuel usage. Our work has proven critical in guiding investment decisions and financing strategies.
Freight Modeling and Assessment
Cambridge Systematics uses advanced geo-spatial software to provide a visual map showing, by region, the location of industrial parks, roads, and rail lines along with key demographic data.
Seaports, port authorities, regional coalitions and others look to Cambridge Systematics for expertise in developing forecasts and analysis of trade and freight flow activity. Our work identifies regional, national and international trade and transportation trends and assesses how those trends correspond to freight demand. We also develop competitive assessments for regions and municipalities to help agencies understand which industry clusters are the best candidates for attraction and retention as part of an overall economic development strategy.
Collecting reliable freight data is essential for planning and investment decision-making at the state and regional levels. With traditional approaches proving less reliable, clients look to CS for innovative strategies, such as the use of GPS technologies, for wide, unobtrusive, and cost-effective gathering of data samples that create a more complete picture.
CS has continuously advanced the state of the practice in freight and truck modeling. Our methods combine the best of commodity flow models, vehicle-based travel demand models, operational simulations and modal diversion models. We integrate these and other tools for an approach that considers mobility, economic impact, benefit-cost, air quality and safety analysis. Our current initiatives include the development of advanced regional freight models that incorporate supply chain and urban logistics practices in the modeling framework.