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Estimating freight demand for North South Railway

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Author(s): José Eduardo Holler Branco | José Vicente Caixeta Filho

Journal: Journal of Transport Literature
ISSN 2238-1031

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: transportation economics | railway | linear programming | logistics | freight demand

ABSTRACT
The main goal of this paper was to propose a model to estimate the freight demand for Brazil’s North-South Railway. The evaluation of the amount of cargo that could be attracted by the railway was done through the use of a Multicommodity Minimum Cost Flow model. During 2005, the results showed a total of 1.2 million tons of inter-regional soybean flows that have potential to be moved through this rail line between Estreito (MA) and São Luís (MA). This model has shown to be a practical tool for evaluating the potential flows trough a transportation infrastructure and for identifying the origins and products related to these flows.
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