Quetica’s Mark Berndt and Ben Zietlow presented during a poster session at Transportation Research Board’s 102nd Annual Meeting in January 2023. Many of the sessions and workshops during the event focused on this year’s spotlight theme: Rejuvenation Out of Disruption: Envisioning a Transportation System for a Dynamic Future.
Mr. Berndt’s and Mr. Zietlow’s presentation, “Using Optimization Modeling to Address Truck Parking Needs,” discussed the use of optimization modeling, a common private sector planning tool, to support strategic and operational planning in the public sector. It describes the development of an optimization model to study truck parking needs along the I-10 Corridor in Texas. The primary objective of the model was to minimize the distance that truck drivers must travel to find an authorized parking space when needed, based on the hours-of-service regulations.
The use of optimization models to aid public sector decisions is an emerging practice with applications beyond truck parking, including traffic signal systems, multimodal freight networks, fleet operations and management, and the siting of non-carbon based refueling and recharging infrastructure.