Identify What All Involved Agencies Are Currently Doing to Address Safety When Freight Centers Are Planned and Developed, As Well As Any Opportunities for Improvement

This project stems from an observed need to improve coordination and cooperation among various entities in the process of planning for developing safer and more efficient connections between intermodal facilities and the highway network. Coordination and cooperation are extremely important given the number of public agencies (local, regional, and state) and private companies (railroads, transportation, manufacturing, etc.) that become involved in the planning process. When a limited number of entities, public or private, are involved in the planning process. Some vital stakeholder concerns may not be adequately considered. Guidance is needed to provide a consistent approach to involve all of the entities that should be part of the process. Excluding some entities, even unintentionally, could result in important facts, issues, and other considerations being left out of the process. Exclusions could result in project delays, increased costs, omitted project steps, or duplication of efforts. The Performing Agency or "Research Team" shall investigate previous and current freight planning efforts and identify lessons learned and best practices to be applied in Texas to include the work and findings of the of Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT or "Receiving Agency" or "Project Team") Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group. The project will develop guidance that stakeholders in Texas can use in planning and coordinating intermodal freight facilities to improve freight movement, enhance safety, and minimize congestion. These stakeholders include: (1) Metropolitan Flaming Organizations (MPSs); (2) Cities; (3) Counties; (4) Economic development corporations; (5) TxDOT; (6) Freight and transportations companies; and (7) Intermodal freight center developers. The project will identify short term accessibility improvement opportunities that could be considered to address current roadway operational issues such as curb radius at intersections in the vicinity of rnulti-modal facilities.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

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

    Badgley, Sonya

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

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

    Frawley, William

  • Start Date: 20150130
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39906

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567080
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6846
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2015 1:01AM