Assessment of Innovative and Automated Freight Systems and Development of Evaluation Tools, Phase III

In research project 0-6837 (Phase I), the research team conducted a comprehensive review of innovative and automated freight strategies and technologies (S/T) used worldwide. The research team initially identified a total of 57 different S/T from this review. In consultation with TxDOT, the research team selected nine S/T areas, that could improve future freight distribution in Texas, to advance to research project 0-6837-01 (Phase II). In Phase II, the research team conducted an analysis which used the Systematic Technology Reconnaissance, Evaluation, and Adoption Methodology (STREAM) process from National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 750, Volume 3, to evaluate each S/T’s effectiveness. In Project 0-6837-03 (Phase III), the research team will evaluate innovative strategic freight operational changes and technology applications recommended by TxDOT at the conclusion of Phase II to ensure continued timely flow of commercial freight through the Texas transportation system. Phase III was planned to consist of seven distinctive project activities based upon the results of Phases I & II of the project. The activities advanced for Phase III research were selected by TxDOT and address four of the nine freight S/T areas that were examined during Phase II. The selected S/T areas are: (1) Port Area Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), (2) Separation of Trucks from Automobiles/Truck-Only Infrastructure, (3) Truck Parking Information 4) Border Advanced Traveler Information. Multiple Port Area ITS-related activities were chosen while the other three S/T areas produced one activity each. Phase III examines freight traffic changes near seaports after ITS equipment implementation, communication of rail blockages at a port entrance to approaching trucks, modeling of truck-only lane impacts within a major freight corridor, truck parking-related sensing and communication at existing TxDOT rest areas, and border crossing enhancement through coordinated information exchange. Each Phase III activity has independent utility and furthers implementation goals of the Texas Freight Mobility Plan (TFMP).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $2331767
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Jensen, Darrin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Morgan, Curtis

  • Start Date: 20190613
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230228
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230228
  • Source Data: TxDOT Research Library

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01743854
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6837-03
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2020 9:42AM