Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Route choice characteristics of truckers in Southern California
by Kothapalli, Sai, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 148; 10252580
Abstract (Summary)

This research study presents results from two independent surveys. The objective of the first survey is to determine and rank the factors that influences owner operators and truck companies of Southern California in route selection. The second surveys objective is to determine the value of time (VOT) and the value of reliability (VOR) for owner operators and truck companies of Southern California. The two surveys require responses that were obtained via phone calls and interviews at numerous truck companies, truck stops, and distribution centers of Los Angeles County. Respondents of both the surveys are classified into 48 categories based on their load type, trip distance, and truck axles and this resulted in 48 distinctive results for the two surveys.

For the first survey results, the techniques of fuzzy Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) is used on 91 owner operators and 45 truck company responses to rank 19 factors that contributes the most in route selection. The 19 factors are identified through literature studies. Results indicate that travel time, travel time reliability, and safety are the most influencing factors regarding the route selection.

Furthermore, in the second study, a modern Stated Preference (SP) survey is conducted on 517 owner operators and 248 truck companies of southern California to determine the VOT and VOR by applying linear regression. The average VOT is $58/hr. and the average VOR is $14/hr. 48 other distinctive VOT and VOR results gives a wider scope.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kim, Joseph
Commitee: Chandra, Shailesh, Hong, Jin Gi
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Civil Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Economics, Transportation planning
Keywords: Owner operators, Southern California, Truck companies, Value of reliability, Value of time
Publication Number: 10252580
ISBN: 978-1-369-60811-3
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