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Managing freight transportation and air quality in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area

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dc.contributor.advisor Joseph M. Sussman. en_US
dc.contributor.author Bracamontes, Alejandro, 1976- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-mx--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-14T19:57:08Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-14T19:57:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2003 en_US
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/29340
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2003. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-231). en_US
dc.description.abstract In the planning and management of freight transportation systems, there may be difficult challenges to providing efficient movements of goods in a region and achieving environmental objectives. Managing these potential conflicts is important to ensure the economic benefits of an efficient freight transportation system while minimizing its negative effects, such as air pollution. In this thesis we analyze the freight transportation system of the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA), one of the largest and most polluted cities in the world. Freight transportation has played a very import role in the economic growth of the MCMA by providing the movement of goods into and out of the region; however, it has also contributed substantially to its air quality deterioration. Our main focus on this thesis has been with respect to exploring freight-related strategies to substantially improve air quality in the MCMA. These strategies are based on the use of newer and cleaner technologies for freight vehicles, as well as better managing and operating the freight fleet in the MCMA. In order to test these strategies a model linking freight demand, pollutant emissions and costs was developed. The results of our analysis show that it could be possible to achieve substantial and sustained freight emissions reductions by using newer and cleaner technologies for freight vehicles, as well as better operating the freight fleet in the MCMA. The costs associated with these strategies are also discussed. Throughout the analysis multiple sources of uncertainty are identified and addressed. The analysis and results presented in this thesis could be used by decision-makers to improve the freight transportation system in the MCMA. Based on our analysis decision-makers can judge what type of pollutant emissions they wish to reduce and better understand what freight-related strategies should be implemented in the MCMA, as well as their performance with respect to the main sources of uncertainty identified. Therefore, if implemented, they could help achieve a viable freight transportation system in the MCMA to support its economic growth. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Alejandro Bracamontes. en_US
dc.format.extent 231 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.title Managing freight transportation and air quality in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area en_US
dc.title.alternative Managing freight transportation and air quality in the MCMA en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 52733737 en_US


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