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The National Academies

NCHRP 03-121 [Completed]

Incorporating Freight, Transit, and Incident Response Stakeholders into Integrated Corridor Management (ICM): Processes and Strategies for Implementation

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Research Agency: Cambridge Systematics
Principal Investigator: Vassili Alexiadis
Effective Date: 7/5/2016
Completion Date: 7/5/2018
Comments: In publication process.

Integrated corridor management (ICM) is a relatively new congestion management approach that has been gaining interest for its potential to mitigate congestion with few changes to the existing transportation infrastructure.  The primary objective of any ICM system is to coordinate the assets and expertise of multiple stakeholders rather than have each one respond to related issues independently.  By integrating the management and operations of the corridor system, the complete corridor infrastructure may be better utilized, thus resulting in improved travel conditions in the target network.  A major goal of ICM is to optimize safety and mobility. Available capacity and utilization of the transportation network space is critical, especially during periods of high congestion. Each mode (freight, transit and highway), may or may not have available capacity. Research is needed on ICM techniques to support efficient use and balance demand on the multimodal network.
 
OBJECTIVE
 
The objective of this research is to develop guidance for transportation decision makers to incorporate freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders into the integrated corridor management (ICM) process. ICM can range from simple to sophisticated and may continually change. The research will make use of existing FHWA and SHRP2 efforts, incorporating these and other efforts as needed. The guidance should address a broad range of operational and efficiency issues, including documented characteristics and potential approaches related to implementation of the ICM strategies such as, but not limited to the following:
 
   1.  Potential ICM Approaches: 
  • Model cooperative procedures and agreements for freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders;
  • Operational constraints and opportunities for freight, transit, and incident response;
  • Needs of non-motorized users;
  • Examples of potential ICM strategies for freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders; and
  • Evaluation methodologies for measuring the effectiveness of the freight, transit, and incident response incorporation into ICM.
   2.  Characteristics of Congestion
  • Non-recurring conditions (e.g., crashes, weather, special events, work zones);
  • Recurring conditions (e.g., peak period congestion, bottlenecks);
  • Prolonged conditions (e.g., planned construction, seasonal disruptions); and
  • Recommended performance measures for freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders.
 
RESEARCH PLAN
 
The NCHRP is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds and contract time. Proposals must present the proposers' current thinking in sufficient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach to meeting the research objective. A kick-off teleconference of the research team and NCHRP shall be scheduled within 1 month of the contract’s execution. The work plan proposed must be divided into two Phases with tasks, with each task described in detail. Phase 1 must not exceed $100,000. There must be an interim report documenting the Phase 1 tasks and a face-to-face meeting scheduled with NCHRP to discuss the interim report and the plan for Phase 2. The project schedule shall include 1 month for NCHRP review and approval of the interim report. No work will be performed on Phase 2 without NCHRP approval.  Phase 2 will include a peer exchange at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California to provide substantive interaction with the attendees proposed guidance. The NCHRP panel is seeking insights of the proposers on how they will manage the peer exchange and the expected outcomes. The final deliverables will include (1) guidance for transportation decision makers to incorporate freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders into the integrated corridor management (ICM) process that include: (a) recommended performance measures for freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders; (b) model cooperative procedures and agreements for freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders; (c) operational constraints and opportunities of freight, transit, and incident response; (d) needs of non-motorized users; (e) examples of potential ICM strategies for freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders; (f) evaluation methodologies for measuring the effectiveness of the freight, transit, and incident response incorporation into ICM; (g) non-recurring conditions (e.g., crashes, weather, special events, work zones); (h) recurring conditions (e.g., peak period congestion, bottlenecks); and  (i) prolonged conditions (e.g., planned construction, seasonal disruptions); (2) a final report documenting the entire project, incorporating all other specified deliverable products of the research; (3) a stand-alone executive summary that outlines the research results; (4) a one-page fact sheet describing the added value to ICM of including freight, transit, and incident response stakeholders; (5) a PowerPoint presentation of the guidance that can be targeted for specific audiences; (6) recommendations on needs and priorities for additional related research; and (7) a stand-alone technical memorandum titled “Implementation of Research Findings and Products” (see Special Note C for additional information).
 
STATUS: Research underway. 
 

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