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FHWA introduces new technology to pinpoint freight congestion

Wouldn’t it be nice to effectively pinpoint freight congestion? A new technology tool has been introduced by the U.S.D.O.T.’s Federal Highway Administration that is reportedly aimed at helping transportation planners, operators, shippers and carriers plan ahead by identifying key traffic chokepoints on some of the nation’s busiest roads.

The FHWA says its new Freight Performance Measures web-based tool (FPMweb), measures operating speeds for trucks at any given place and point in time along 25 interstate highways that are considered significant freight routes.

The technology was developed through a multi-year FHWA research initiative with the American Transportation Research Institute, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit research trust. The Highway Administration says FPMweb “is a first of its kind effort to capture information on truck travel speeds from around the country through on board GPS and satellite technology. Low speeds reflect congestion levels at a particular location and time of day.”

“We are always looking for new and creative ideas that will enable us to move goods more efficiently, conserve energy, protect the environment, and ensure we can compete globally in the 21st century,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement.

“It’s all about using innovative technology to save time and money and to boost commerce and the economy,” Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said. “Timely and accurate information on freight movement will benefit both government and the private sector in making transportation decisions,” he said.

The FHWA said state and local transportation agencies can use the information to prioritize their highway investments to target critical congestion needs, while businesses and freight companies can use it to more strategically time and choose their routes to avoid congested areas.

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