Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 53-14. Use of Probe Data for Freight Planning and Operations

With the increased demand on supply chains, and factors such as resiliency and e-commerce, state departments of transportation (DOTs) rely more on probe data to understand the freight infrastructure needs, monitor freight infrastructure performance, and manage the demand. As the penetration of probe data has increased in the last decade, its usage in transportation planning and operations at state DOTs has become common. However, the application of probe data in freight is vastly different from traditional transportation planning usage. For instance, freight application tends to be specific to freight generators, freight attractors, and freight bottlenecks such as those near ports and borders, whereas the probe data may not be sufficient by itself. The objective of this synthesis is to document current state DOT practices regarding the use of probe data in freight planning and modeling, and operations management applications. Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to): (1) Probe data providers for truck traffic that were utilized by DOTs and the range of applications for each and the observed limitations associated with the available probe data (e.g., applications near borders, ports, and other freight generators or attractors); (2) Use cases of probe data for freight planning/modeling, operations, and performance management (e.g., follow-up evaluations of infrastructure improvements); (3) Practices for fusing the probe data with other data sources (e.g., origins and destinations, commodity and load information, truck speeds and weather data, etc.). (4) Practices for conflating probe data network to DOT transportation networks (e.g., annual average daily traffic); (5) Practices on addressing biases in probe data; (6) Practices on probe data cleansing, analysis, maintenance, and stewardship; (7) Practices on funding the acquisition of, and navigating the procurement of, probe data and use restrictions;  (9) Uses or plans for probe data from emerging technologies (e.g., truck parking information management systems, connected and/or automated vehicles); and (10) Practices on building and leveraging partnerships (e.g., freight stakeholder groups, coalitions, vendors, metropolitan planning organizations, etc.).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 53-14

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Performing Organizations:

    CPCS Transcom, Incorporated

    1050 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
    5th Floor
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20036
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ludlow, Donald

  • Start Date: 20220120
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230720
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771603
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 53-14
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 18 2021 2:20PM