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Mid-America Transportation Center

Multi-Criteria Hazmat Routing on Rail with Railroad-Highway Crossing Considerations


University

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Principal Investigator
Dincer Konur
PI Contact Information
konurd@mst.edu
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided
USDOT: $27,276.84
MS&T: $31,151.01
Total Project Cost
$ 58,427.85
Agency ID or Contract Number
69A3551747107
Start Date
8/1/2017
In Progress
End Date
12/4/2018
Brief Description of Research Project
This project develops analytical models for integrated operational planning and routing of hazardous materials (hazmat) by railroad carriers. Hazmat transportation planning has cost, time and safety aspects and this project will develop multi-criteria optimization based decision support tools for railroad carriers to plan hazmat shipments. The optimization models will explicitly consider the railroad-highway crossings along the potential routes of the hazmat shipments as railroad-highway crossings are multi-modal points with critical safety risks. The project team has expertise in multi-criteria optimization, decision support tools and simulation, and risk analysis; and application of these disciplines in transportation safety, operational planning and management, especially, in railroad transportation safety and operations. The project promotes hazmat transportation safety by providing tools to enable safer hazmat routing considering railroad-highway crossings.
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