Using data associated with the FHWA-sponsored Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the 2014 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations. The measures resulting from this ongoing analysis quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at 250 specific locations. The information provided through this effort can empower decision-making in both the private and public sectors by allowing stakeholders to better understand the severity of congestion and mobility constraints on the U.S. highway transportation system. This is of particular importance as the nation weighs the needs and resources available to populate the nation’s next transportation funding bill. On a state and local level, this research can inform local investment decisions that can directly improve supply chain efficiency.This “bottleneck” analysis incorporates and synthesizes several unique components, including a massive database of truck GPS data at freight-significant locations throughout the United States (U.S.), and an algorithm that quantifies the impact of congestion on truck-based freight. Since its inception, the monitored list has grown to 250 freight-significant locations. In addition, the annual reports provide a chronological repository of mobility profiles, whereby congestion changes can be assessed over time. This, in turn, allows transportation analysts and planners to conduct performance benchmarking and identification of influential factors contributing to congestion and the requisite consequences on truck-freight mobility.
For the listing of the top 100 locations, a link to a description of the research methodology, and to request a copy of the full report visit: http://atri-online.org/2014/12/17/congestionimpacts/