Date of Graduation

5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Industrial Engineering

Advisor

Nurre, Sarah

Reader

Hernandez, Sarah

Second Reader

Milburn, Ashlea

Abstract

Continual growth in traffic volume on U.S. Highways and insufficient parking for commercial trucking vehicles has led to significant safety concerns for truck drivers. Hours of Service (HOS) regulations dictate driving and rest periods of truck drivers. When a truck driver must stop as designated by the HOS regulations and the nearest parking location is at capacity, the trucker must either continue driving past the HOS limit or park in an undesignated and possibly illegal or unsafe spot such as an off-ramp. The combination of these two variables play an important role in the safety of truck drivers on a daily basis. Previous research on truck parking shortages has followed a survey-based approach while research on HOS regulations in conjunction with truck routing and driver scheduling has not included the full suite of HOS regulations as well as restrictions on parking availability. Current research techniques do not take into account parking capacity on a driver’s route while following HOS regulations. Because there are limitations governing where along a route a driver can rest, including some customer locations and parking locations at capacity, these models do not prove to be an accurate measure of trip planning for truck drivers. This research aims to develop a mathematical model to link truck parking with hours of service regulations in order to determine feasible routes for truck drivers and optimal truck parking locations on the highway network.

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