Mississippi Valley Freight Information Clearinghouse

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A Web-based Pilot System Architecture Final Report

Primary Investigators

David Noyce, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 1210 EH
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-1882
noyce@engr.wisc.edu

Teresa Adams, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 EH
Madison, WI    53706
(608) 263-3175
adams@engr.wisc.edu

Abstract

Reliable and timely information is essential to efficient and safe commercial vehicle operations, which play a significant role in the Mississippi Valley Region.  Many transportation-related information systems have been developed by agencies and governments to serve various local needs.  However, as freight-travelers make their way through multiple localities in the region, the current decentralized structure of the region’s information infrastructure results in suboptimal driving decisions being made by motor carriers.  Proliferation of the current information systems is a problem, as is the consistency and completeness of the information in these systems.  A centralized, one-stop shop for information would allow freight-travelers to make accurate and up-to-the-minute adjustments in their routes, which would improve efficiency and lower costs for freight travel throughout the region.

Objectives

Design the basic architecture of a reliable traveler information clearinghouse for the 10-state Mississippi Valley Region that provides necessary information to commercial vehicle operators and associated industries to improve region-wide mobility and safety.

Tasks

  1. Review literature on freight traveler information system architecture.
  2. Record the list of agencies/organizations in charge of relevant traveler information systems for motor carriers.
  3. Develop a list of currently available data/information sources available to freight travelers.
  4. Conduct a survey and interviews of motor carrier representatives to identify challenges with current information systems and needs for information.
  5. Conduct surveys/interviews with planners/regulators to estimate potential volumes of inquiries from travelers to the clearinghouse.
  6. Estimate the system requirements for the clearinghouse.
  7. Determine data and functional requirements of the clearinghouse.
  8. Exploratory study to identify traveler decision points.
  9. Exploratory study of data collection and update mechanism and other critical issues identified.
  10. Identification of potential issues in maintaining the clearinghouse and approaches to these problems.

Project Information

  • Duration: 21 months
  • Dates: May 30, 2007 – February 28, 2009
  • Budget: CFIRE: $75,000; Total: $225,000
  • Modal Orientation: Multimodal
  • Project ID: MVFC 06
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