Date of Award
Master of Science
This thesis develops the multidimensional resource allocation models to prioritize the freight improvement projects. Multiple dimensions of the model include transportation modes, performance measures, improvement types, geographical regions, policy criteria, and planning horizon. The total benefits is maximized subject to budget, policy, and other constraints. Four models are developed based on four different policies including economic competitiveness with and without mutual exclusiveness in location, equity in opportunity, and equity in outcome. Models are compared with each other as well as a non-optimization model, where resources are allocated based on maximum benefits. The models are applied in the state of Tennessee considering two modes, three improvement types consisting of over 2000 projects in 51 counties, and a 10-year planning horizon. The results show that the project selection based on equity in outcome provides total benefits that are very close to the maximum and still provides equitable distribution of these benefits.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Bhattarai, Santosh, "Multidimensional Resource Allocation in Freight Transportation Planning: A Case Study of Tennessee" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1822.