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1. Report No.


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

Border-Wide Assessment of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Technology—Current and Future Concepts -
Final Report

5. Report Date

July 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
4050 Rio Bravo Drive, Suite 151
El Paso, TX 79902
The Texas A&M University System
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 BA07-083

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 8/27/2010 to 2/28/2012

14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
16. Abstract

The purpose of this effort was to conduct a border-wide assessment of the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies and operational concepts at and near land border crossings between the U.S. and Mexico. The work focused on tolling, traffic management and operations, and safety. The specific objectives of this project were to research, assess and document how ITS technologies can be used in areas of:

  • Toll collection and management in border regions, identifying technology used, system components, and any special data sharing arrangements between the two countries.
  • Transportation operations and traffic management in US/MX border regions.
  • Transportation safety policy and operations.
  • Traffic management, traffic operation and traffic enforcement on tolled roads/tolled border-crossing roads.
  • Archiving toll and traffic management data.
17. Key Words

Border, Technology, Intelligent Transportation System

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions

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21. No. of Pages


22. Price

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AASHTO American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
ACE Automated Cargo Environment
ACE/ITDS Automated Commercial Environment/International Trade Data System
ACM Automatic Coin Machine
ADOT Arizona Department of Transportation
ADOT/MVD Arizona Department of Transportation – Motor Vehicle Division
AET All-Electronic Tolling
ALPR Automatic License Plate Recognition
ASTM American Society of Testing and Materials
ATA American Trucking Associations
ATI Alliance for Toll Interoperability
ATIS Advanced Traveler Information Systems
AVC Automatic Vehicle Classification
AVI Automatic Vehicle Identification
BANOBRAS Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos
Battelle (Company)
BCC Border Crossing Card
BCIS Border Crossing Information System
BCMoT British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
BOTA Bridge of the Americas
BSIF Border Safety Inspection Facility
BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics
BWT Border Wait Time
Caltrans California Department of Transportation
CAPUFE Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos
CBP Customs and Border Protection
CBSA Canada Border Services Agency
CCRMA Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority
CCSP Certified Cargo Screening Program
CCTV Closed Circuit Television
CHP California Highway Patrol
ConOps Concept of Operations
CSC Customer Service Center
C-TIP Cross-Town Improvement Program
C-TPAT Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
CTRMA Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
CVII Commercial Vehicle Infrastructure Integration
CVISN Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks
DCL Dedicated Commuter Lane
Delcan (Company)
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DMA Dynamic Mobility Applications
DMV Department of Motor Vehicles
DPS Department of Public Safety
DSRC Dedicated Short-Range Communications
EBTC Eastern Border Transportation Coalition
EETS European Electronic Toll Service
e-Manifest Electronic Manifest
EMC Emergency Management Center
EMS Emergency Medical Services
EOC Emergency Operations Center
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPIC Expedited Processing at International Crossings
EPS Electronic Payment Services
EPSNIS Electronic Payment Services National Interoperability Specification
e-Screening Electronic Screening
ETC Electronic Toll Collection
EU European Union
FARAC Fideicomiso de Apoyo al Rescate de Autopistas Concesionadas
FAST Free and Secure Trade
FBCTRA Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
GIS Geographic Information System
GPS Global Positioning System
GSA General Services Administration
GSM Global System for Mobile Communications
GUTSA Gutsa Construcciones, S.A. de C.V.
HAR Highway Advisory Radio
HAZMAT Hazardous Materials
HCTRA Harris County Toll Road Authority
HGV Heavy Goods Vehicle
HID Hughes Identification Devices Global Inc.
HOT High Occupancy Toll
HOV High Occupancy Vehicle
IAVE Identificación Automatica Vehicular
IBC e-Screening International Border Crossing Electronic Screening
IBI IBI Group (Company)
IBIS Interagency Border Inspection System
IBWC International Boundary and Water Commission
ICA Ingenieros Civiles Asociados
IMIP Instituto Municipal de Investigación y Planeación
IMTC International Mobility and Trade Corridor
INDABIN Instituto de Administración y Avalúos de Bienes Nacionales
INNP Interoperability Network Pilot Program
INTEGRA Integra Corporation of Mexico
Intermec (Company)
ISM Industrial, Scientific, and Medical
ISO International Organization for Standardization
IAG E-ZPass Interagency Group
ITE Institute of Transportation Engineers
ITS Intelligent Transportation System
IVAG Imperial Valley Association of Governments
Kapsch (Company)
LPI License Plate Interoperability
MAC Media Access Control
MAGs Installed Digital Magnetometers
MARHNOS Marhnos Engineering and Construction (Company)
MARK IV (Company)
MCES Motor Carrier Efficiency Study
MDOT Michigan Department of Transportation
MDT Montana Department of Transportation
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MTO Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
MTQ Ministère des Transports du Quebec
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NB Northbound
NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NFBC Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
NITTEC Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition
NMBA New Mexico Border Authority
NMDOT New Mexico Department of Transportation
NTCIP National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol
NTMI New Technology Management, Inc. (Company)
NTTA North Texas Tollway Authority
NYDOT New York State Department of Transportation
NYSTA New York State Thruway Authority
OBE On-Board Equipment
OBU On-Board Unit
OCACSA Operación y Conservación de Autopistas Concesionadas
OCR Optical Character Recognition
OME Otay Mesa East
Omniair (Consortium)
ORT Open Road Tolling
OVC Overview Camera
PDN-RMIS Paso Del Norte Regional Mobility Information System
PeMS Performance Monitoring System
POE Port of Entry
PSE Planned Special Event
QC Query Central
QNA QinetiQ North America (Company)
QWS Queue Warning System
Raytheon (Company)
REPUVE Registro Público Vehicular
RF Radio Frequency
RFID Radio Frequency Identification
RFP Request for Proposals
RSS Real Simple Syndicate
RTMS Remote Traffic Microwave Sensor
SAAQ Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
SANDAG San Diego Association of Governments
SB Southbound
SCT Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
SDMS Short Data Message Set
Sentrillion (Company, formerly New Technology Management, Inc.)
SENTRI Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection
SIMEX SIMEX Integracion de Sistemas, S.A.
Sirit (Company)
SNS Social Networking Site
SOA Service Oriented Architecture
SOV Single Occupancy Vehicle
SWIM Slow Weigh-in-Motion
TC Transport Canada
TDMA Time Division Multiple Access
Technocom (Company)
Tecsult (Company)
TGT Turnpike Global Technologies
THALES Thales Group (Company)
TMC Traffic Management Center
TMDD Traffic Management Data Dictionary
TOC Traffic Operation Center
TRMI TRMI Systems Integration (Company)
TSA Transportation Security Administration
TTA Texas Turnpike Authority
TTI Texas Transportation Institute
TxDOT Texas Department of Transportation
U.S. United States
USDOT United States Department of Transportation
V2I Vehicle-to-Infrastructure
V2R Vehicle-to-Roadside
V2V Vehicle-to-Vehicle
VES Violation Enforcement System
VHF Very High Frequency
VIP Video Image Processing
VMS Variable Message Sign
VWI Vehicle Waveform Identification
WCOG Whatcom Council of Governments
WebEOC Web-Based Emergency Operations Center
WED Western Economic Diversification Canada
WHTI Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
WIM Weigh-In-Motion
WSDOT Washington State Department of Transportation
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