• Railfans! Uncle Sam Needs Your Brain!

  • General discussion about railroad operations, related facilities, maps, and other resources.
General discussion about railroad operations, related facilities, maps, and other resources.

Moderator: Robert Paniagua

  by FormD
Transportation Center Seminar Series presents…..
Amelia Regan
Professor of Computer Science
Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine
Freight Data Availability, Gaps and
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Refreshments will be available at 2:30 pm
Transportation Center –Lower level
Northwestern University
Chambers Hall - 600 Foster
Evanston, IL
Despite the recent economic downturn, which has taken much of the immediate pressure off the freight
transportation system in the US and internationally, freight movements are an important component of
our transportation system. In regions like the LA basin, Chicago and NY/NJ, freight transportation, both
on rail and roads (and to a lesser extent, in the air) heavily impacts the passenger transportation system.
Understanding the freight system is a key issue for transportation policy makers and planners. However,
data on freight movements remains incomplete and inaccurate. In my talk I will review major freight
data sources and their strengths as well as discussing weaknesses and gaps. I will then discuss promising
avenues for filling these gaps and correcting data errors.
Amelia C. Regan, is a Professor in computer science at UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and
Computer Science. Dr. Regan's primary interests lie in algorithm development for large scale network
optimization problems. Applications are optimal contracting, long term investment decisions,
transportation logistics, freight and fleet management, and intermodal transportation systems. She
specializes in freight network modeling and in particular, applications of information technology to
freight and fleet management. She received a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Texas.
She joined UCI in 1997. Dr. Regan was the inaugural recipient of the UCI Academic Senate’s
Distinguished Mid‐Career Faculty Award for Service
  by Cowford
Meeting summary:

Minutes 1- 2: railroad market data is easy to access and mine.
Minutes 3-60: truck market data is HARD to access and mine... but here are ways to manipulate the data to get more accurate regional commodity flows.

Pretty dry stuff, unless you're a transportation planner/marketeer... ok, even if you're a transportation planner/marketeer.