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New report identifies freight bottlenecks on US highways

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have released the findings of their annual report on congestion at freight-significant highway locations.


ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have released the findings of their annual report on congestion at freight-significant highway locations.

The research, which assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the US national highway system, uses ATRI-developed analysis methods, customized software tools and terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion severity ranking for each location. This ongoing research, which is part of the Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative, is sponsored by FHWA’s Office of Freight Management and Operations and operated by ATRI.

“Strengthening the efficiency of supply chains is becoming a critical component of US economic growth. Challenge number one is identifying the freight bottlenecks,” said Kevin Knight, chairman and CEO of Knight Transportation. “Fortunately, ATRI’s report goes far in using real-world data to tell us where the impediments lie.”

The “FPM” congestion monitoring effort combines anonymous truck GPS location information with sophisticated software applications and analysis techniques to assess the levels at which truck-based freight was affected by traffic congestion in 2010. The result is a clear documentation of system chokepoints, especially during peak travel times in urban locations.

“The impact of traffic congestion on truck travel is well known, but rarely in a fashion where we can pinpoint projects for resource allocation and reconstruction,” said Keith Bucklew, manager of multimodal planning for the Indiana DOT.  “The FPM program continues to provide real value to public sector transportation managers.”

ATRI and FHWA will be building upon the list of 250 locations for future analyses; if there are freight-critical transportation points that should be added, stakeholders can offer suggestions through the Web site highlighted in the report.

For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 250 monitored locations, visit here.


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