Tuesday, August 09, 2016

ATRI develops new tools to curb urban congestion

Earlier this year the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) research quantified the cost of congestion to the trucking industry at $49.6 billion in 2014. The group contends that one of the most effective ways to address that congestion is to more effectively and efficiently move people and goods through major urban areas. ATRI officials believe that Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) holds great promise for addressing urban congestion.

ATRI recently led the development of two primers for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) program. The vision of ICM is for transportation networks to realize significant improvements in the efficient movement of people and goods through integrated, proactive management of existing infrastructure along major corridors. Working through an ICM approach, transportation professionals manage the corridor as a multimodal system and make operational benefits for the benefit of the corridor as a whole.

Integrated Corridor Management and Freight Opportunities examines how freight can be incorporated into an ICM approach as well as the benefits of ICM in addressing many of the challenges in moving freight through major corridors. Integrated Corridor Management and Traffic Incident Management describes how traffic incident management (TIM) can be incorporated into ICM as well as detailing the many benefits that ICM brings to the advancement of TIM programs. Both primers are available on ATRI’s website.

ATRI is a well-known leader in transportation-related research whose hallmark is innovative thinking, critical analysis and uncompromised excellence. As part of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Federation, ATRI benefits from the broad support of the ATA and its members.

ATA represents more than 35,000 motor carriers through the affiliated trucking associations in 50 states. As a result of ATRI’s prominence within the trucking industry, state and federal agencies turn to ATRI for trucking-related research, particularly when industry insight and cooperation is essential to the success of the project.