Documenting and Determining Distributions, Trends, and Relations in Truck Times at International Border Crossing Facilities

Documenting the times trucks incur when crossing an international border facility is valuable both to the private freight industry and to gateway facility operators and planners. Members of the project team previously developed and implemented an approach to document truck activity times associated with crossing an international border by using technologies that are already in use by truck fleets. The approach relies on on-board global positioning system (GPS)-enabled data units, virtual perimeters called geofences that surround areas of interest, and a mechanism for data transmission. The project team has been teaming with a major freight hauler whose trucks regularly traverse two of the busiest North American freight border crossings – the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, connecting Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, and the publicly owned Blue Water Bridge, connecting Port Huron, MI, and Sarnia, ON– to determine times associated with the multiple activities associated with using the facilities at these border crossing sites. In the study reported here, additional geofence data were collected, new processing codes were written and implemented, new geofences were implemented to respond to changes in physical infrastructure at the border crossings, and data were processed into queuing and inspection times and summarized in tables and figures that would be useful for quarterly reports of important statistics.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 37p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NEXTRANS Project No. 172OSU2.2
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC05
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2017 9:32AM