Large urban freight traffic generators: Opportunities for city logistics initiatives


  • Miguel Jaller University of California, Davis
  • Xiaokun (Cara) Wang Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Jose Holguin-Veras Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Large Traffic Generators, Land Use, Freight Trip Generation, City Logistics


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 trips produced and attracted in large metropolitan areas. This paper analyzes the importance of other facilities such as ordinary businesses or buildings that individually or collectively (clusters) generate a large proportion of truck traffic. The paper discusses the opportunities of these large traffic generators for city logistics initiatives. In addition, the paper introduces two effective and complementary procedures to identify these generators using freight trip generation models estimated by the authors.

Author Biography

Miguel Jaller, University of California, Davis

Assistant Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering




How to Cite

Jaller, M., Wang, X. (Cara), & Holguin-Veras, J. (2015). Large urban freight traffic generators: Opportunities for city logistics initiatives. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 8(1), 51–67.