Quantifying Impact of Port Truck Traffic on Highway Operations Using GPS-Based Speed Data

Providing efficient transportation connectivity between the port facilities and industrial complexes and markets is vital in supporting regional economic activity and competitiveness, and promotes regional economic growth. Port terminal operations play an important role in this context as well, as they are directly connected and interact with the highway and rail systems providing access to the port. For example, inefficient gate operations can spill truck queues over to the surrounding roadway network causing serious congestion and safety problems. Since intermodal freight terminals tend to be located in or near major cities, where right of way is limited and very expensive to expand, implementing various operational strategies to increase efficiency of terminal operations is of paramount importance to providing conditions for sustainable growth in port volume and regional trade. The first step in evaluating viable strategies is gaining a good understanding of and quantifying impacts of the port-related truck and rail traffic (demand) on highway and rail operations in the vicinity of the port. This impact can be measured in terms of changes in vehicle speeds and train velocity, as well as resulting level of service due to increased truck demand.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    1035 Parkway Avenue
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Rd
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Douglas, Scott

    Szary, Pat

  • Performing Organizations:

    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University Heights
    Newark, NJ  United States  07102-1982
  • Principal Investigators:

    Spasovic, Lazar

  • Start Date: 20130201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33754

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01570486
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC16, CAIT-UTC-023
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2015 1:02AM