Y4R3 - Determination of Position and Operation Analysis of Emergency Freight Parking in Florida State

Florida is extremely vulnerable to many natural disasters such as flooding and hurricanes. Due to its several miles of coastline, significant drainage systems, and relatively low elevations, the entire state is especially susceptible to flooding at any time of the year. Extreme disruptions to the transportation networks and communications is one of the impacts of flooding and any kind of natural disaster or emergency situation. Hence, the importance of an integrated, comprehensive approach to disaster loss reduction is not neglectable. The transportation system in Florida needs to overcome many disruptions during the hurricane season caused by the heavy rains, strong storms, and many other local events. In these critical situations, the safe, fast, and reliable shipment of cargo is vital to ensure the continuation of the demands for society. Above that, the safety of truck drivers at all conditions remains the first priority.Therefore, this research focuses to support the design and operation of the emergency truck parking network (ETPN) for freight operations in the State of Florida. The research team will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with the design and operation of the ETPN in Florida, and also, will focus on developing decision-making support for and managerial insight into the design and operation of such networks. Specifically, the two specific objectives of this project are: (1). Conduct a statewide study to (i) assess the supply and demand for emergency truck parking, (ii) develop metrics to assess the safety and economic impact of emergency truck parking network, and (iii) build a prototype web-based tool or mobile app to guide truck drivers to emergency parking locations in Florida. (2). Develop simulation models to (i) analyze the performance of alternative emergency parking networks and (ii) generate insight into the impact of truck driver behavior on the expected performance of alternative emergency parking networks. Consequently, this research can reduce travel time and improve safety which the cost saving can be spent on building new infrastructure. Furthermore, by directing trucks out of the network in a shorter time and preventing the illegal parking the mobility of other vehicles will be improved and the risk of accidents will be reduced. The results of this project will be served for protecting, managing, and organizing the freight movement in various critical/emergency situation.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $145631
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Freight Mobility Research Institute

      Florida Atlantic University
      Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

      Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431

      University of Florida Transportation Institute

      2100 NE Waldo Rd.
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32609
    • Principal Investigators:

      Kaisar, Evangelos

      Washburn, Scott

    • Start Date: 20200605
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210824
    • Actual Completion Date: 20210824
    • USDOT Program: Advanced Research

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01779772
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Freight Mobility Research Institute
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747120
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Aug 25 2021 11:26AM