INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES PROVE INSURMOUNTABLE FOR COUTTS/SWEETGRASS INTERNATIONAL BORDER CROSSING AUTOMATION

The Coutts/Sweetgrass Automated Border Crossing Project was intended to improve operational efficiency of a rural border crossing facility using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications. However progress on the Coutts/Sweetgrass Automated Border Crossing Project was impeded early on by differing perspectives and philosophies among Montana and Alberta transportation officials related to safety bypass criteria. Ideally, with respect to commercial vehicle operations, one would like to optimize both safety levels and operational efficiencies. Alberta officials wanted to optimize safety levels through rigorous operation and vehicle maintenance standards in the Partners in Compliance (PIC) program. Montana officials wanted to optimize both safety levels and operational efficiencies at the Coutts/Sweetgrass international border crossing by targeting non- compliant carriers and allowing compliant carriers to bypass the facility. Because of these differing philosophies, project progress was at an impasse until resolution was reached. In November 1998 resolution was determined to be unattainable. Future large-scale ITS/CVO deployment and border crossing automation efforts at the Coutts/Sweetgrass international border crossing are not recommended until agreement can be reached. To reach such an agreement, further investigation is needed into the historical effectiveness of each respective safety program and the correlation or sensitivity of commercial vehicle safety levels to the various bypass requirements

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Publication Date: 2000 Transportation Research Board, Washington DC Remarks: Presentation at the 79th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2000
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Authors:
    • Carroll, Randy
    • Carson, Jodi L
    • Galt, Dave
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2000

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00788723
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: PATH
  • Created Date: Mar 23 2000 12:00AM