Feasibility Study Essay

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Feasibility of Using BART for Regional Air Freight Movement 2011 NUF 4th METRANS National Urban Freight Conference October 12-14, 2011 Hyatt Regency Long Beach, CA PATH, UC Berkeley: X. Y. Lu, K. Sivakumaran (GSR), R. Wang (GSR) Caltrans DRI: Matt Hanson Outlines • • • • • • • • Literature Review Potential Social Impact Emission Cost Energy Efficiency BART System Access Points Transshipment Considerations Towards Demo or Small Scale Ops Next Step Literature Review • Maes and Vsnelslander (2009) analyzed the feasibility of utilizing the rail transport as part of the supply chain in an urban logistic context in western Europe; • Nozzolo et al (2007), a methodology presented for metropolitan freight distribution in railway in Italy with technical and economic feasibility analysis; freight demand modeling  new distribution system is consistent with practical operation  needs public authority to cover the extra costs; Literature Review • Work by Bozicnik (2007) studied the Light-combi project in Sweden or Cargo Sprinter in Germany, and the Mobiler system in Switzerland: – Analysis proved that success of intermodal transport can be achieved – Going through certain barrier and provided that interdisciplinary support can be assured – Concluded that the ideal freight transport technology for small shipments and/or short- and medium distances would be a combination of a truck (high flexibility) on the rail (mass production). Literature Review • The study of Paaswell (2009) focused on the elaboration of the potential benefit of transporting freight with rail, aiming at convincing the government and stake-holders of the importance of the mode conversion; • K. Sivakumaran , X. Y. Lu, and M. Hanson (2010), considered economic analysis in detail based on demand and forecasted demand of two major integrated carriers (FedEx and UPS). Potential Social

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