The National Academies

NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 53-14 [New]

Use of Probe Data for Freight Planning and Operations
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 4/30/2021 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Trey J. Wadsworth
Fiscal Year: 2022

Preliminary Scope

With the increase in e-commerce, state departments of transportation (DOTs) rely more on probe data to understand the freight infrastructure needs, monitor freight infrastructure performance, and manage the demand. As the penetration of probe data has increased in the last decade, its usage in transportation planning and operations at state DOTs has become common. However, the application of probe data in freight is vastly different from traditional transportation planning usage. For instance, freight application tends to be specific to freight generators, freight attractors, and freight bottlenecks such as those near ports and borders, whereas the probe data may not be sufficient by itself.

The objective of this synthesis is to document current state DOT practices regarding the use of probe data in freight planning and operations management applications.

Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to):
• The range of applications and the observed limitations associated with the available probe data (e.g., applications near borders, ports, and other freight generators or attractors);
• Cases where probe data was leveraged for freight planning and operations;
• Probe data providers for truck traffic; and
• Practices for fusing the probe data with other data sources.

Information will be gathered through a literature review, a survey of state DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.

TRB Staff
Trey Joseph Wadsworth

Phone: 202-334-2307

Email: twadsworth@nas.edu

Meeting Dates
First Panel: October 26, 2021, Virtual
Teleconference with Consultant: TBD
Second Panel: TBD

Topic Panel
Kathleen Collins, Colorado Department of Transportation

Karen Faussett, Michigan Department of Transportation

Alexander Finch, Connecticut Department of Transportation

Fredrick Haith, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Habte Kassa, Georgia Department of Transportation

Geena Maskey, Texas Department of Transportation

Scott Weber, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Jeffrey Purdy, Federal Highway Administration
Scott Babcock, Transportation Research Board

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