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Measuring Border Delay and Crossing Times at the U.S.–Mexico Border—Part II
Guidebook for Analysis and Dissemination of Border Crossing Time and Wait Time Data

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June 22, 2012

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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Measuring Border Delay and Crossing Times at the US/Mexico Border – Part II

5. Report Date

June 22, 2012

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Rajat Rajbhandari, Juan Villa, Roberto Macias, William Tate

8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Texas Transportation Institute
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135

Battelle Memorial Institute
505 King Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

10. Work Unit No.
11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-06-D-00007/Task BA07-040

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report covering 12/21/17 to 5/28/2012

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes
16. Abstract

The purpose of this guidebook is to describe to local, regional, and State agencies how to analyze and disseminate data collected by a radio frequency identification (RFID)-based system to measure travel times of commercial vehicles, which is referred to in this document as the RFID-based border crossing time and wait time measurement system. The guidebook includes recommended statistical analyses that can be used to support monitoring the performance of border crossings. The guidebook also describes available mechanisms to disseminate crossing times and wait times. These data include traveler information (e.g., current crossing and wait times) and archived information (e.g., performance measures, pre-coded reports and charts). The guidebook is not specific to one port of entry and hence is applicable to any border crossing deriving crossing time and wait time data similar to those collected by RFID-based systems that have been implemented at various U.S.–Mexico land border crossings in Texas.

17. Key Words

ITS Technology, Border, Port of Entry, Traveler Information, Crossing and Wait Time, Guidebook

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions

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21. No. of Pages


22. Price

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