A decision support tool for locating an impact of an inland port in Inland Empire.
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A decision support tool for locating an impact of an inland port in Inland Empire.

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      By diverting port-related truck trips to rail, the development and operation of an inland port in

      southern california (i) increase transportation efficiency by switching from truck to train, (ii)

      create a smoother flow on the highways, (iii) create a cleaner environment, (iv) increase the

      capacity of the ports, (v) reduce demands on port land, and (vi) promote inland economic

      development and logistics integration. The secondary functions could be: (a) empty container

      depot, (b) air cargo consolidation, (c) transloading, (d) free trade zoning, (e) agile port container

      sorting. (f) value-added services, and (g) trade processing. In several reports, Inland Empire has

      been named as an attractive location for an inland port serving ports of Los Angeles and Long

      Beach. The main reasons for its attractiveness include proximity to the Colton intermodal

      facility, potential for finding an appropriate site, and relatively low initial investment. The

      purpose of this research project is to develop a decision support tool to identify the optimal

      location of the Inland Empire inland port. Given the daily origin-destination data from the ports

      to the distribution centers and processing centers in the Inland Empire, the model identifies the

      optimal location of an inland port. Due to environmental, legal, land availability, and economical

      concerns, it may not be feasible to locate an inland port on the theoretical optimal site. The

      decision support tool will also provide a set of contour lines showing the total truck miles

      traveled for the sites other than the theoretical optimal site.

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