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Freight Facts and Figures 2011

Figure 3-16. Peak-Period Congestion on High-Volume Truck Portions of the National Highway System: 2040

Assuming no change in network capacity, the number of NHS miles with recurring congestion and a large number of trucks is forecast to increase nearly four-fold between 2007 and 2040. On highways carrying more than 8,500 trucks per day, recurring congestion will slow traffic on close to 7,200 miles and create stop-and-go conditions on an additional 23,500 miles.


Figure 3-16. U.S. map showing recurring peak-period congestion on high-volume truck portions of the National Highway System forecast for year 2040. Notes: High-volume truck portions of the National Highway System carry more than 8,500 trucks per day, including freight-hauling long-distance trucks, freight-hauling local trucks, and other trucks with six or more tires. Highly congested segments are stop-and-go conditions with volume/service flow ratios greater than 0.95. Congested segments have reduced traffic speeds with volume/service ratios between 0.75 and 0.95. The volume/service flow ratio is estimated using the procedures outlined in the HPMS Field Manual, Appendix N.

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U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Performance Monitoring System; and Office of Freight Management and Operations, Freight Analysis Framework, version 3.1, 2010.


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