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Measuring Cross-Border Travel Times for Freight: Otay Mesa International Border Crossing Final Report

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Table of Contents

[ Foreword ] [ Quality Assurance Statement ] [ Technical Report Documentation Page ]

 Executive Summary
1 Project Background
 1.1 Study Part I – Comparative Technology Examination
 1.2 Study Part II – Technology Viability Assessment
 1.3 Study Part III – Compilation of Historical Travel Time Data
2 Project Approach
 2.1 Technology Assessment
 2.2 Stakeholder Coordination
 2.3 Technology Deployment
 2.4 Technology Testing
 2.5 Data Archiving
3 Results and Findings
 3.1 Crossing Characteristics
 3.2 Stakeholder Session Results
 3.3 Technology Selection
 3.4 Technology Deployment
 3.5 Trip Statistics
 3.6 Border Travel Time Data
 3.7 Motor Carrier Feedback
4 Conclusions
 4.1 Data Validity
 4.2 Data Applicability
 4.3 Data Accessibility
 4.4 Data Value
 4.5 Data Business Model Options
5 Recommendations

Table of Figures

Figure ES-1. Otay Mesa Data Trips – January 2009 through March 2010
Figure ES-2. Calculated Travel Time Values by Day of the Week
Figure 1. Satellite Image of Otay Mesa Border Crossing Location
Figure 2. Otay Mesa Truck Crossings – January 2009 – February 2010
Figure 3. Google Earth Map of Northbound Access to Otay Crossing – MX
Figure 4. Google Earth Map of Northbound Access to Otay Crossing (MX/US Customs Facilities and CHP Inspection Facility
Figure 5. Satellite Image of Trucks Passing Through the Mexican Customs Export Compound
Figure 6. Satellite Image of Trucks Passing Through the US Customs Entry Compound
Figure 7. Satellite Image of the CHP Screening Facility
Figure 8. Otay Mesa Data Trips – January 2009 through March 2010
Figure 9. Illustration of Geofence Used to Identify FAST Trips
Figure 10. Otay Mesa Data Trips by Day of the Week
Figure 11. Otay Mesa Data Trips by Time of Day
Figure 12. Sample Otay Mesa GPS Data in Districts
Figure 13. Otay Mesa Travel Time Measurement Districts
Figure 14. Calculated Travel Time Values by Day of the Week (Dist 1 – 10)
Figure 15. Calculated Travel Time Values by Month of the Year (Dist 1 – 10)
Figure 16. Calculated Travel Time Values by Time of Day (Dist 1 – 10)
Figure 17. Calculated Travel Time Values by Day of the Week (Dist 1 – 6)
Figure 18. Calculated Travel Time Values by Month of the Year (Dist 1 – 6)
Figure 19. Calculated Travel Time Values by Time of Day (Dist 1 – 6)
Figure 20. Cumulative Distribution of Travel Times (Dist 1 – 10)
Figure 21. Distribution of Travel Times (Dist 1 – 10)
Figure 22. Cumulative Distribution of Travel Times (Dist 1 – 6)
Figure 23. Distribution of Travel Times (Dist 1 – 6)

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September 2010
FHWA-HOP-10-051

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