Thursday, May 27, 2010

US Authorities Use Technology To Pinpoint Freight Congestion For Truckers

Highway and Interstate Problems can be Identified by Users
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US – By measuring operating speeds for trucks at any given place and point in time along 25 interstate highways that are considered significant freight routes, the Freight Performance Measures web-based tool, FPMweb, can identify problems for trucking companies and their drivers on their proposed routes.

The Federal Highway Administration have, over several years, developed with the American Transportation Research Institute, the new system which, they claim, is the first to capture information on truck travel speeds from around the country through on board GPS and satellite technology. Low speeds reflect congestion levels at a particular location and time of day.

“We are always looking for new and creative ideas that will enable us to move goods more efficiently, conserve energy, protect the environment, and ensure we can compete globally in the 21st century,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The FHWA also released the 2009 Bottleneck Analysis of 100 Freight Significant Highway Locations based on the research.

“It’s all about using innovative technology to save time and money and to boost commerce and the economy,” Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said. “Timely and accurate information on freight movement will benefit both government and the private sector in making transportation decisions.”

Interested parties can access the average speeds for 25 listed Interstate Highways which indicate likely bottlenecks, view an analysis of 100 freight significant bottlenecks and request an account to link to the FPMweb freight tool.

The US Department of Transportation suggest that State and local transportation agencies can use the information to prioritize their highway investments to target critical congestion needs. At the same time, businesses and freight companies can use it to more strategically time and choose their routes to avoid congested areas.