Strategies for Managing Freight Traffic Through Urban Areas

Economic activity in most cities relies on the movement of goods via freight vehicles. The freight transportation system has a direct impact on the livelihood of successful urban areas; however, the presence of trucks on the freeway system complicates congestion patterns as they interact with passenger cars. Trucks take up a large portion of roadway space and the places that rely on freight the most are typically where there is a concentration of people and activities. As a result, traffic congestion increases while the safety of the roadway diminishes. Trucks also have different speed and acceleration/deceleration patterns which further complicate congestion mitigation. Mitigation strategies most often applied include both traffic and demand management techniques and strategic technology deployment such as various Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) approaches. The Performing Agency shall provide guidance in the selection and deployment of freight management strategies and possible changes to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) policy as it relates to freight movement. The performing agency shall use a state-of-the-art modeling methodology to assess various strategies in multiple freight-significant locations in Texas. The performing agency shall also develop a set of modeling guidelines to assess the most applicable tools and techniques needed when managing urban freight movement.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $556,498
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

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

    Odell, Wade

  • 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:

    Shelton, Jeff

  • Start Date: 20150119
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39152

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567095
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6851
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2015 1:01AM