Feb 272017

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Feb 272017

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Feb 272017

Contact: Dan Murray
(612) 210-6950
February 27, 2017

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today posted two new truck parking studies on its website.

The lack of available truck parking continues to be a hot research topic for ATRI and these latest studies, completed for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, examine new approaches for identifying available truck parking capacity.

In the first, “Utilizing Truck GPS Data to Assess Parking Supply and Demand,” ATRI presents a technical analysis that utilizes truck GPS data to assess truck parking capacity at four Minnesota rest areas. This first-of-its-kind research assessed truck parking supply and demand by time-of-day and day-of-week by cross-referencing truck GPS data to identify truck activity at several state-run rest stops.

The second, “A Comprehensive System for Assessing Truck Parking Availability” details a field test conducted by ATRI and the University of Minnesota to deliver real-time truck parking information to commercial drivers through three separate delivery systems: 1) Roadside Changeable Message Signs (CMS); 2) an Internet/Website information portal; and 3) through in-cab communication systems.

Both studies successfully demonstrated new approaches for identifying where additional truck capacity is needed and how delivering real-time information on parking availability to commercial drivers can improve their operational efficiency. The reports are available at the respective links above or by going to ATRI’s Truck Parking page by clicking here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Feb 052017

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Feb 012017

Contact: Mike Tunnell
(916) 300-3161
February 1, 2017

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) continues to update and maintain a listing of state and local idling regulations on its website by clicking here.  The listing is provided in two forms, an online compendium which provides detailed information and Internet links to each of the 60 state and local regulations which have been identified; and a cab card which provides a consolidated listing of the state and local limits.  The cab card is designed to be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

The latest update includes two newly enacted regulations.

  1. San Antonio joins the growing number of Texas cities and counties that have implemented a 5 minute idling limit. Exemptions include Hours-of-Service compliance beyond two miles of facilities with available external heat or air connections and trucks with Certified Clean Idle engines.  The new limit went into effect on January 1, 2017 with fines up to $500.
  2. Ann Arbor, Michigan will implement a new 5 minute limit beginning on July 1, 2017. Exemptions will be provided for rest or sleep breaks beyond 25 miles of available truck stop electrification or shore power or when temperatures are less than 32° F or greater than 85° F and a temperature-controlled area is not accessible.  Violations may result in a minimum fine of $500.

ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Feb 012017

ATRI publishes a compendium of current idling regulations by state, which is provided for free in two different PDF formats — the original compendium listing and as a foldable cab card for quick reference. ATRI updates the compendium regularly.

The information contained in these compendiums is for reference purposes only and should not be relied upon for regulatory compliance. This information may contain errors and omissions and is subject to change. Actual state, county, or city codes should be referenced for specific requirements. Online users may access these codes by clicking on the individual regulations listed.

Jan 252017

Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
January 25, 2017

Congestion Chokepoints Hurt Economy, Environment

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

“Trucks move 70% of the nation’s goods, so knowing where there are kinks and slowdowns in the system is important for motor carriers and our professional drivers, making this analysis a key tool for identifying where and when to route our trucks to avoid congestion,” said Prime Inc. President and CEO Robert Low.

The 2017 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system. The analysis, based on truck GPS data from 600,000+ heavy duty trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. The data is associated with the FHWA-sponsored Freight Performance Measures initiative. The locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations.

For the second straight year, Atlanta’s “Spaghetti Junction,” the intersection of Interstates 285 and 85 North is the most congested freight bottleneck in the country. The rest of the Top 10 includes:

  1.   I-95 at State Route 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey
  2.   I-290 at I-90/94 in Chicago
  3.   I-65 at I-64/71 in Louisville, Kentucky
  4.   I-71 at I-75 in Cincinnati
  5.   SR 60 at SR 57 in Los Angeles
  6.   SR 18 at SR 167 in Auburn, Washington
  7.   I-45 at US 59 in Houston
  8.   I-75 at I-285 North in Atlanta
  9.   I-5 at I-90 in Seattle

“With President Trump expected to press for significant long-term infrastructure spending, this ATRI analysis should be a key guide for deciding what projects are worthy of funding,” said American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear. “Ensuring the safe and efficient movement of goods should be a national priority and this report draws attention to the places where our highway network needs improvement in order to meet that goal.”

For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, click here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

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Jan 172017

Since 2002, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has collected and processed truck GPS data in support of the Federal Highway Administration’s Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative, a program that maintains and monitors a series of performance measures related to the nation’s truck-based freight transportation system.

The metrics that generate from ATRI’S ongoing truck bottleneck analysis quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at 250 specific locations.  The information provided through this effort can empower decision-making in both the private and public sectors by allowing stakeholders to better understand the severity of congestion and mobility constraints on the U.S. highway transportation system.  This is of particular importance as the nation weighs the needs and resources available for transportation funding.  On a state and local level, this research can inform local investment decisions that can directly improve supply chain efficiency.  This “bottleneck” analysis incorporates and synthesizes several unique components, including a massive database of truck GPS data at freight-significant locations throughout the United States (U.S.), and an algorithm that quantifies the impact of congestion on truck-based freight. Since its inception, the monitored list has grown to 250 freight-significant locations. In addition, the annual reports provide a chronological repository of mobility profiles, whereby congestion changes can be assessed over time.  This, in turn, allows transportation analysts and planners to conduct performance benchmarking and identification of influential factors contributing to congestion and the requisite consequences on truck-freight mobility.

  • For the bottleneck brochure with a list of all 100 locations, click here.
  • For a description of the research methodology, click here.
  • The top 100 congestion profiles are listed in rank-order by congestion level in the table below.  You may view a location by clicking a location hyperlink.  You may also sort any column by clicking header in that column.
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Congestion RankingLocation DescriptionStateAverage SpeedPeak Average SpeedNon-Peak Average SpeedNon-Peak/
Peak Ratio
Year Over Year Change in Rank
1Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)GA3826441.720
2Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4NJ3527381.41Up 1
3Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94IL2722281.26Down 1
4Louisville, KY: I-65 at I-64/I-71KY3932431.360
5Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75OH4638491.28Up 2
6Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57 CA4335461.31Up 3
7Auburn, WA: SR 18 at SR 167WA4539481.24Up 10
8Houston, TX: I-45 at US 59 TX3626401.550
9Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)GA4433491.52Up 3
10Seattle, WA: I-5 at I-90WA3527391.43Up 4
11Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45TX4231461.48Down 5
12Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30TX3827431.59Down 1
13Houston, TX: I-10 at US 59TX4231481.57Down 3
14Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)GA4741491.20Up 12
15Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (North)IL3218392.160
16Tacoma, WA: I-5 at I-705/SR 16WA4641481.17Up 16
17Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105CA4332481.49Up 1
18Federal Way, WA: SR 18 at I-5WA4840521.30Up 15
19Baton Rouge, LA: I-10 at I-110LA4032441.380
20Nashville, TN: I-24 at I-440 (North)TN4534511.47Up 10
21Seattle, WA: I-90 at I-405WA4031451.46Up 1
22Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290TX4232461.43Down 17
23St. Louis, MO: I-70 at I-64 (West)MO4441451.10Down 10
24Hartford, CT: I-84 at I-91CT4636511.42Down 4
25Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North) TX4635501.44Down 4
26San Bernardino, CA: I-10 at I-15CA4740501.26Up 10
27Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (South)IL4436471.31Up 10
28Austin, TX: I-35TX3118372.00Down 12
29Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-24TN4538471.24Up 5
30Denver, CO: I-70 at I-25CO4437471.27Down 5
31Port Huron, MI: I-94 at I-69MI3738360.96Up 23
32Memphis, TN: I-40 at I-240 (East)TN4236451.26Up 17
33Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (West)TX4637501.36Down 6
34Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (North)IN5045521.16Down 10
35Cincinnati, OH: I-75 at I-74OH4537491.30Down 12
36Vancouver, WA: I-5 at Columbia RiverWA4235441.27Up 3
37Brooklyn, NY: I-278 at Belt ParkwayNY3631381.24Up 1
38Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (South)IN5046521.12Down 10
39Corona, CA: I-15 at SR 91CA4029451.53Up 4
40Phoenix, AZ: I-17 at I-10 AZ4939531.37Up 17
41Portland, OR: I-5 at I-84OR3526391.48Up 5
42Detroit, MI: I-94 at I-75MI4437481.31Down 2
43Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (East)GA5042531.25Up 9
44Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-676PA3428361.29Down 9
45Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-94MN3930441.49Down 4
46Oakland, CA: I-880 at I-238CA4435481.37Up 4
47Norwalk, CT: I-95CT4538471.22Down 16
48Nashville, TN: I-40 at I-65 (East)TN4434491.46Up 14
49Ft. Worth, TX: I-35W at I-30TX4537491.32Up 2
50Dayton, OH: I-75 at US 35OH4539481.25Down 8
51Milwaukee, WI: I-94 at I-894WI4537491.33Down 22
52Oakland, CA: I-80 at I-580/I-880CA3323391.74Down 5
53Los Angeles, CA: I-110 at I-105CA4132461.45Up 8
54Denver, CO: I-25 at I-76 CO4942521.24Up 5
55Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-494MN4941531.28Down 11
56Kansas City, MO: I-70 at I-670 at US 71MO5046511.10Down 3
57New Haven, CT: I-95 at I-91CT4435481.35Down 9
58Stamford, CT: I-95CT4533491.47Up 2
59Houston, TX: I-610 at US 59 (West)TX4030451.47Down 4
60Dallas, TX: US 75 at I-635TX4836531.44Up 10
61Pittsburgh, PA: I-70 at I-79 (West)PA5149511.04Up 83
62Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-75/I-85GA4232461.47Up 3
63Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY: I-90 at I-290NY4641481.160
64Washington, D.C.: I-95 at I-495 (North)DC4734521.50Down 6
65Houston, TX: I-45 at Sam Houston Tollway (North)TX4939541.36Down 1
66Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-675GA5046521.13Up 20
67Columbus, OH: I-71 at I-70 OH4840511.260
68Waterbury, CT: I-84 at SR 8CT4541471.15Up 19
69Providence, RI: I-95 at I-195RI4333471.46Up 21
70Detroit, MI: I-75 at I-696MI4636521.43Down 4
71Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-694MN4840531.34Up 5
72Boston, MA: I-95 at I-93 (North)MA4636501.40Down 4
73Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-85GA3926451.69Up 8
74Lynnwood, WA: I-5 at I-405WA4941531.32Up 1
75Tacoma, WA: I-5 at SR 512WA5249531.09Up 18
76Charter Oak Bridge, CT: I-91 CT5145531.18Up 8
77Bridgeport, CT: I-95 at RT 8 CT5043531.230
78Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-476PA4739511.32Down 7
79Birmingham, AL: I-65 at I-20AL5247541.14Down 5
80Boston, MA: I-93 at SR 3MA4026471.76Up 2
81Baltimore, MD: I-95 at I-695 (South)MD5144531.20Down 9
82Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (South)TX4636511.43Down 26
83Tampa , FL: I-4 at I-275FL4130471.56Down 14
84Cincinnati, OH: I-75/I-71 at I-275OH5246551.20Up 20
85Charlotte, NC: I-77 at I-485 (South)NC5348551.15Up 11
86Washington, DC: I-495 at I-270 (East)DC4531511.65Up 3
87Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35E at I-94MN4334471.39Down 2
88Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (East )TX5348551.14Down 8
89Baltimore, MD: I-95 at I-395MD4742491.17Down 10
90Manhasset, NY: I-495 at Shelter Rock RoadNY4436481.32Down 2
91Charlotte, NC: I-77 near Lake NormanNC4534511.51Up 12
92Elmsford, NY: I-287 at I-87NY4741491.21Up 3
93Rye, NY: I-95 at I-287NY5350531.07Up 7
94Jacksonville, FL: I-10 at I-95FL4638511.360
95Everett, WA: I-5 at US 2WA4942521.23Down 4
96Pittsburgh, PA: I-70 at I-79 (East)PA5352531.01Up 24
97Camden, NJ: I-76 at I-676NJ4642471.11Down 14
98Las Vegas, NV: I-15 at I-515NV4842521.26Up 4
99Charleston, SC: I-26 at I-526SC4740511.290
100Indianapolis, IN: I-465 at I-69IN5347551.16Down 8
Jan 042017

Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
January 4, 2017

TRB Panel Also Includes Senior Leaders from Colorado State Patrol and Iowa DOT

Washington, DC – A Spotlight Session at the upcoming Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting will include strategic insights on the future of autonomous trucks delivered by Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations as well as Anthony Levandowski, the co-founder of OTTO Motto, now wholly owned by Uber Freight.

This “Hot Topic” Session, which is being held at the Washington DC Convention Center in Room 145B on Monday, January 9th at 1:30 p.m. ET, will delve into the myths and realities that surround autonomous vehicles, and why autonomous trucks will likely evolve faster than autonomous cars.

The panel is filled out by Dan Murray, Vice President of ATRI, Deputy Chief Mark Savage of the Colorado State Patrol and Bureau Chief Sandra Larson with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, an arm of the National Academies of Science, draws nearly 15,000 transportation researchers, decision-makers and industry stakeholders.

For more information, visit:

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

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Dec 312016

Featured Articles:

  • Mandated Use of ELDs Tops the List of Concerns
  • 2017-2018 ATRI RAC Members Announced
  • RAC Member Sherri Garner Brumbaugh
  • Trucking Industry CEOs Appointed to ATRI Board
  • ATRI Releases Findings on Fleet Fuel Economy and Fuel Usage
  • Lower Fuel Prices Drive Overall Industry Costs Down
  • Autonomous Vehicle Impacts on Trucking Industry Identified in New ATRI Research
  • Identifying Truck Parking Solutions at the Top of ATRI’s Research Agenda
  • “Park My Truck” App Launched by ATRI, NATSO, ATA
  • ATRI’s Dan Murray Observes OTTO’s Self Driving Truck

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