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Design for Local Area Freight Networks


Local area freight networks (LANs) are used to collect and distribute freight within metropolitan regions. Focusing on common carriers, this paper classifies LAN topologies, then shows how the optimal topology depends on demand characteristics. Continuous space approximations are used to analyze topologies as well as to analyze the relationship between cost and number of terminals. Key findings are summarized in Table 1.

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