A Framework for Assessing the Impacts of State Level Platooning Truck Only Lane Strategies in Florida

This study examines the potential to improve the freight movement using Exclusive Truck Platooning Lane (ETPL) strategies on limited access highways in the State of Florida. A general framework tool is developed to evaluate and compare different performance measures (e.g., travel time and level of service) to better assist decision-makers to determine the most effective freight transportation strategy. Additionally, the travel time and level of service on Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) are systematically analyzed using a VISSIM simulation to determine if it can be improved or not. For the scenarios simulated in this investigation, the input includes different patterns with a variety of peak hour volumes, truck percentages, speeds, and the number of lanes. Moreover, for the used input patterns, the various total values of the resulted travel time for each SIS corridor are determined and calculated using a General Linear Model and then tabulated. The recorded time values are then used on the Geographical Information System (GIS) platform. A GIS technique is also deployed to spatially represent the value of travel time differences (base – ETPL) by heat maps and visualize the temporal changes to reveal valuable information for evaluating the potential ETPL corridors. The micro-simulation results show that an ETPL lane can significantly reduce the travel time of trucks. Finally, state level analysis results confirm that truck platooning lanes have a positive impact on value-of-travel time on most of the involved corridors without having a significant negative impact on passenger vehicle operations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AT060 Standing Committee on Trucking Industry Research. Alternate title: A Framework for Assessing the Impacts of State-Level Platooning Truck-Only Lane Strategies in Florida
  • Authors:
    • Mohamed, Ahmad
    • Laman, Haluk
    • Oloufa, Amr
    • Abou-Senna, Hatem
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  • Date: 2018


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01660489
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 18-05914
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2018 11:31AM