José Holguín-Veras's research while affiliated with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and other places

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The available truck Global Positioning System (GPS) data, typically collected with large time gaps, rely on imputation techniques to obtain second-by-second data that are required in models for estimating truck energy consumption and emissions. However, existing speed imputation techniques either require a large amount of high-resolution data for m...
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This chapter’s objective is to highlight areas where the amount of research is not commensurate with the area’s importance. Hopefully, this discussion would attract the attention of researchers, particularly junior researchers and PhD students, willing to work in understudied areas with great research potential. Ultimately, this would translate int...
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The research in this paper seeks to advance the effective management of one of the most intractable aspects of disaster response phenomena: material convergence—the sudden and mostly uncoordinated arrival of physical donations in the aftermath of large disasters and catastrophic events—referred to by disaster respondents as a “second-tier disaster....
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Service trips, a frequently overlooked segment of urban traffic, represent a disproportionately large share of the negative impacts associated with commercial activity. The reason is that although service trips are less frequent than freight trips, they often take longer and thus occupy a significant share of commercial parking. Demand management p...
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This paper develops a novel procedure to conduct a Freight Origin-Destination Synthesis (FODS) that jointly estimates the trip distribution, mode choice, and the empty trips by truck and rail that provide the best match to the observed freight traffic counts. Four models are integrated: (1) a gravity model for trip distribution, (2) a binary logit...
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Developing economies are still in the stage of e-commerce deployment, unlike in developed countries, where online shopping is already a common purchase channel. This research aims to assess the purchasing behaviors of end-consumers in regard to two alternative shopping channels: in-store and online, within a developing economy. A revealed-preferenc...
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A significant growth in demand for online shopping in light of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID) crisis has received attention from transportation practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers. However, an important question arises in this increase in online shopping and resulting deliveries: How long will this last? Very little is known whether this...
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This paper summarizes the research conducted by the authors to investigate time-dependent patterns in Freight Trip Generation (FTG). As part of the research, the authors estimated econometric FTG models as a function of establishment attributes and temporal variables, using multi-year establishment-level data collected during the period 2005–2014....
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The demand for freight supplies is a physical expression of the economy and the result of the interaction of multiple supply chains. Typically, an agent produces and/or sends supplies (the shipper) that are then consumed by a different agent (the receiver), after they are transported by the carrier. At each one of these stages supplies are consumed...
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Urban logistics and freight transport are essential activities for cities and involve complicated interactions between the public and private sectors. Cities are growing and urban logistics is becoming more important. However, freight transport, storage, deliveries, loading, and unloading also create negative impacts related to energy use, emission...
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Commercial traffic in urban areas has not received the level of attention it deserves. Notwithstanding recent research on freight trip generation, other components of commercial traffic, such as commercial service traffic, have been largely overlooked. This is ironic, as the service sector represents a major and growing portion of urban and metropo...
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After massive disasters and catastrophes, communities’ infrastructure and communication systems can be severely affected to the point that they cease to function. Furthermore, the affected areas are supplied with significant amounts of donations, which need to be optimally inventoried, stored, and distributed to benefit those affected while minimiz...
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Land-use planning and policymaking is central to how communities manage their economic activity and the social and environmental impacts these activities produce. Because of this central role, enhancing land-use practices to better incorporate the needs and impacts of freight activity has strong potential to improve the efficiency of their associat...
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This paper presents a generalized Noortman and Van Es’ empty trips model that considers commodity groups and vehicle types. The model allows the analyst to quantify the contribution of empty trips by the various types of commodities. The model was validated using data collected in Colombia as part of the national Freight Origin-Destination Survey....
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Concerns over transport energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have lately prompted significant attention towards vehicle ownership patterns and the distributional implications of climate mitigation policies. This paper contributes to freight transport literature by examining how establishments can be meaningfully grouped using their fleet...
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The research reported in this paper focused on studying various aspects of freight mode choice in the continental United States (US) including the influencing factors, the development of econometric models to assess the impacts of public-sector policies and changes in market conditions. To gain insight into this complex subject, the team used quali...
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The objective of this study is to analyze the demand for loading and unloading parking spaces in the center of São João Del Rei, a historical city in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, through freight trip generation models. To generate the models, the number of employees is used as an independent variable. Results show that the historical center r...
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The second in a series of two, this paper conducts a review of the public-sector initiatives that could be used to improve freight activity in metropolitan areas, collects data about the initiatives that have been implemented and their performance, and produces a ranking of suggested initiatives. The review of public-sector initiatives is based on...
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The first in a series of two, this paper conducts a review of the public-sector initiatives that could be used to improve freight activity in metropolitan areas; collects data about initiatives that have been implemented and their performance; and produces a ranking of suggested initiatives. The review of public-sector initiatives is based on a com...
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The paper describes the research conducted by the authors concerning the opinion of transportation users about the fairness of Time-of-Day pricing and discounts for users of Electronic Toll Collection technology and for frequent users of the toll facilities. To this effect, the authors analyzed attitudinal data collected from a sample of more than...
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This paper summarizes the research conducted by the authors concerning the development of an analytical freight demand model that explicitly considers freight pickup and delivery flows by industry sector, the multiclass tour flow model (MC-TFM). The mathematical properties of the resultant model are investigated, including the convexity of the opti...
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The identification of freight pick-ups and deliveries, referred to as “freight activity” in this paper, is crucial to characterizing freight operations and assessing the performance of freight transportation systems. However, identifying freight activity stops from global positioning system (GPS) data is challenging, particularly in urban freight w...
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The location of joint distribution center (JDC) is of great importance in urban freight system. This work aims to minimize the total cost, including the fixed cost, the transportation cost, and the penalty cost for the missed deliveries, considering the joint distribution willingness (JDW) of restaurant and the coverage radius of JDC. The integer p...
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Design of effective freight policies requires a comprehensive understanding of freight agents’ interactions. A critical component of the interaction is the freight agents’ relative market power in determining delivery price, time, and frequency. However, empirical studies of freight agents’ market power are limited. This study explores freight carr...
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Este estudo tem como objetivo avaliar a implantação das Estações de Entrega Automática (EEA) como solução para a entrega da última milha, considerando o comportamento e a interação entre os stakeholders do e-commerce. No Brasil, a maior parte maior das entregas são à domicílio e assistidas. Isso resulta em um grande número de entregas com falha e t...
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Trucks’ fuel consumption translates into large amount of greenhouse gases emissions and accounts for a large portion of the costs of transportation. This situation highlights the need for more fuel-efficient freight vehicles. In this context, several technologies have emerged to enhance heavy-duty vehicles’ (HDV’s) fuel economy. In this paper, the...
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The field of humanitarian logistics (HL) is attracting an increasing number of scholars. Among the most prominent and promising contributions in this area in recent years was the introduction of the concept of deprivation costs, which is the first attempt to directly quantify human suffering in HL operations. We review the recent literature on depr...
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This study aims to assess delivery lockers as a last-mile solution, considering the behavior and interaction among e-commerce stakeholders. In Brazil, a large portion of deliveries are attended home. This results in a large number of failed deliveries and redelivery attempts, which can reach up to three delivery attempts. Delivery lockers (DL) repr...
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The main objective of this paper is to assess the technical feasibility of an Integrated Data Collection and Modeling (IDCM) approach to the quantification of freight activity at a national level, where the data collected are used to estimate Freight Generation (FG) models that, in turn, are used to estimate FG using publicly available employment d...
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Prepositioning of resources for humanitarian assistance to the victims of natural disaster is an important consideration to mitigate the problem that occurs due to the shortage in the supply of resources. Prepositioned resources should be distributed in the affected areas. Although prepositioning of the resources in natural cases like an earthquake...
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This chapter provides an update of the review on light commercial vehicle (LCV) use in urban areas from the Sixth International Conference on City Logistics in 2009 by Browne. It focuses on the data availability. The chapter describes the latest developments of LCVs in the Netherlands, USA and the UK. LCVs play an important role in the distribution...
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Purpose: This paper seeks to pilot test a novel way to collect freight and service activity data and analyze the collected data in the metropolitan area of Medellin, Colombia. Methods: This research collects data using a multi-layer and multi-actor approach that includes surveys to receivers, suppliers, carriers, and truck drivers. The data are use...
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This chapter aims to raise awareness about the importance of the specific consideration of the needs of Freight and Service Activity (FSA) in transportation planning and management efforts. It also aims to exemplify the potential application of establishment‐level FSA models to support these efforts. FSA encompasses a wide range of activities perfo...
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Abstract Purpose This paper assesses the parking needs of freight and service related commercial activities and identifies the role of demand management in mitigating these needs. Methods To provide a context for the analyses, the authors selected two small commercial areas of about the same number of commercial establishments—one in Troy, NY, and...
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This paper proposes a methodology to quantify the economic impacts of relief distribution after disasters based on discrete choice models. The research uses stated choice data about preferences for water purchases under different scenarios of deprivation. The economic impacts are estimated as the change in consumer surplus caused by the deprivation...
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This paper proposes a methodology to quantify the economic impacts of relief distribution after disasters based on discrete choice models. The research uses stated choice data about preferences for water purchases under different scenarios of deprivation. The economic impacts are estimated as the change in consumer surplus caused by the deprivation...
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The New York City Off-Hour Delivery (NYC OHD) program is the work of a private-public-academic partnership - A collaborative effort of leading private-sector groups and companies, public-sector agencies led by the New York City Department of Transportation, and research partners led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The efforts of this partnersh...
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This paper describes a Freight Tour Synthesis (FTS) model designed to infer aggregate pick-up/delivery tour flows using secondary data, such as traffic counts and zonal freight trip generation estimates. The formulation combines an entropy maximization demand model together with the secondary data constraints. The entropy function is maximized subj...
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One of the key objectives of humanitarian logistics is to guarantee the timely delivery of supplies to people affected by disasters during the response phase. In this regard, it is fundamental to design appropriate models to minimize the social costs of response operations to distribute essential supplies to populations in need. In addition to mere...
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The paper's fundamental tenet is that sound policymaking requires a solid understanding of how the target(s) of a policy would react to it. Transportation systems, particularly urban freight, are complex, heterogeneous, and often poorly understood by policymakers. Enacting policies that impact such a complex system can lead to ineffective efforts,...
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This paper describes the chief findings of research conducted to assess the willingness of receivers of supplies to accept unassisted off-hour deliveries (U-OHD), which are those conducted outside regular business hours and without the assistance of the receiving establishment staff. U-OHD have potential to increase economic competitiveness, reduce...
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The paper defines the field of Freight Demand Management (FDM) and positions it in the broad range of public sector initiatives aimed at improving urban freight activity. To illustrate the magnitude of the impacts of FDM, the paper estimates the contributions to freight traffic by the various industry sectors in a sample of metropolitan areas, esta...
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Discrete choice modeling is widely applied in transportation studies. However, the need to consider correlation between observations creates a challenge. In spatial econometrics, a spatial lag term with a pre-defined weight matrix is often used to capture such a correlation. In most previous studies, the weight matrix is assumed to be exogenous. Ho...
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This chapter discuses Disaster Response Logistics in connection with the Emergency Functions conducted by relief agencies, and identifies under-studied areas where logistic research could enhance operational effectiveness. The chapter establishes the socio-technical nature of Disaster Response Logistics, and the implications for disaster mitigation...
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There is no doubt that goods transport continues to play a vital role in today’s society, in spite of the advances made with new information and communications technologies. The main objective of this research is to analyse the behaviour of goods receivers in two Spanish cities (Santander and Barcelona) when they are confronted with the possibility...
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The most significant negative environmental impacts of urban trucking result largely from travel in congested traffic. To illustrate the potential of innovative solutions to this problem, this paper presents new research on the emission reductions associated with off-hour freight deliveries (OHD). The paper uses fine-level GPS data of delivery oper...
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Flextime is a Travel Demand Management policy that allows workers to arrive/leave within a certain threshold of time but staying on duty during a period of the day (core hours). Such flexibility in arrival time can have an impact on relieving traffic congestion as it can shift demand to non-peak periods. However, in several countries, companies are...
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The paper describes the research conducted by the authors regarding the willingness of receivers of supplies to accept unassisted off-hour deliveries (UOHD)-deliveries made during the off-hours without staff from the receiving establishment present at the time of delivery-from vendors certified by a Trusted Vendor Certification Program (TVCP). The...
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This paper details research to design an estimation process for Deprivation Cost Functions (DCF) using Contingent Valuation, and to apply it econometrically to obtain a DCF for drinkable water. The paper describes both the process and results obtained. The results indicate that deprivation costs for drinkable water have a non-linear relation with d...
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Rapid knowledge of road network conditions is vital to formulate an efficient emergency response plan following any major disaster. Fallen buildings, immobile vehicles, and other forms of debris often render roads impassable to responders. The status of roadways is generally determined through time and resource heavy methods, such as field surveys...
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Resource planning in emergency response phase is challenging primarily because the resources have to be delivered to the affected regions in a timely manner and in right quantities. Disasters such as the hurricanes, epidemics and chemical explosions in general impact large regions and emergency supplies are needed for several days. Demand for the r...
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In this paper, a three-echelon network model is proposed for integrated emergency preparedness and response planning for the distribution of emergency supplies. The model minimizes the social cost to identify a set of potential supply points (SPs) at the highest echelon, where supply items are consolidated and sent to the prepositioning facilities....
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There is no doubt that goods transport continues to play a vital role in today’s society, in spite of the advances made with new information and communications technologies. The main objective of this research is to analyse the behaviour of goods receivers in two Spanish cities (Santander and Barcelona) when they are confronted with the possibility...
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This study discusses freight trip generation of pure receiver establishments, establishments that only receive goods, and freight intermediaries, establishments that both receive and ship goods. In addition, freight trip attraction and freight trip production patterns of establishments in different industry sectors were compared by using freight ge...
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This paper introduces a model of urban freight demand that seeks to estimate tour flows from secondary data sources e.g., traffic counts, to bypass the need for expensive surveys. The model discussed in this paper, referred as Freight Tour Synthesis (FTS), enhances current techniques by incorporating the time-dependent tour-based behavior of freigh...
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The paper defines the field of Freight Demand Management (FDM), and positions it as an important component of transportation policy and management. To establish the rationale for FDM, the paper studies the effects of the agent interactions at the core of supply chains, and identifies the important role played by the receivers of supplies in determi...
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The paper analyzes how the interactions among the freight agents influence the supply chain’s response to public policy initiatives based on pricing and incentives. The fundamental tenet of this paper is that, because of the role played by agent interactions in supply chains, carrier centered approaches are likely to be less effective than comprehe...
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This paper develops novel mathematical models to maximize the benefits derived from the distribution of critical supplies to populations in need after a disaster. The formulations are based on welfare economics and the use of social costs, which are incurred by the segments of society involved in, and impacted by, the relief distribution strategy....
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This paper develops procedures to identify and quantify the role played by large urban freight traffic generators as contributors of truck traffic in metropolitan areas. Although ports, container terminals, and other industrial sites are usually associated with large generations of truck trips, they only represent a small proportion of the total tr...
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NCFRP Report 33: Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas: A Planning Guide provides a regional public planning guide that identifies potential strategies and practical solutions for public and private stakeholders to improve freight movement system performance in diverse metropolitan areas. The Guide is intended to serve as a com...
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This paper describes two different types of models to assess the traffic impacts of an off-hour delivery program for the New York City (NYC) borough of Manhattan. Traffic impacts are measured in New York City metropolitan region using both a regional travel demand model and a mesoscopic simulation model. Analysis is conducted to determine the effec...
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This chapter provides an overview of freight generation (FG) and freight trip generation (FTG) modeling for urban areas. To this effect, the authors discuss the literature, propose a logistical interpretation of FG and FTG, summarize the key factors for effective FG and FTG modeling, and describes the FTG models developed for New York City. The cha...
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The main objective of this paper is to gain insight into the interconnections between the decision to use electronic toll collection, the choice of time-of-travel, and comprehensive policies that enhance the effectiveness of time-of-day pricing. This is an important topic of research because of pricing’s potential role in transportation demand mana...
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Freight transport modelling at interregional scale is relevant for planning issues. However, freight modelling processes are complex because it is not easy to define the relevant variables in the analysis, and to obtain the required information on freight movements, through the network. These facts raise the need to adapt the modelling framework to...
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This paper conducts an exploratory analysis of freight trip attraction and its relationship with key features of the urban environment. Using establishment level data, the authors explore the role of business attributes, as well as network and land use descriptors. The research uses data from 343 establishments from five different industry sectors...
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The accumulation of empty cargo containers in urban areas is an important issue for communities and policy makers as these containers seem to restrict the use of valuable land and diminish the quality of life of communities close to ports and storage depots. Different reasons have been offered to explain this accumulation, with no definite answer....
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Delivery stop identification is a crucial but challenging step in the measurement of urban freight performance. This paper presents the application of a robust learning method, support vector machine (SVM), in identifying delivery stops with GPS data. The duration of a stop, the distance from a stop to the center of the city, and the distance to a...
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This study evaluated geographically focused incentives to receivers for their commitment to accept off-hour deliveries (OHD). A behavioral microsimulation was used to describe the joint decision of carriers and receivers toward OHD. The study assessed the performance of incentive structures by analyzing the percentage of trucks and deliveries that...
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This paper describes the findings of the research conducted by the authors on the humanitarian logistic efforts after the cascading disasters that impacted the Tohoku region after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th, 2011. Using a combination of in depth interviews with participants in the relief efforts and meta analyses of news accounts...
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The paper designs and assesses the effectiveness of a self-supported freight demand management system that uses a small toll surcharge to generate an incentive budget that, in turn, is used to induce receivers of goods in congested urban areas to accept unassisted off-hour deliveries (OHD). To this effect, the authors use a behavioral micro-simulat...