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19:

B-5

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    Northbound Traffic:

^ CY 1994 = 4 trucks/day

[2 U.S./2 Canadian]

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    Most commercial traffic prefers I-15 at Sweetgrass.

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    Supplied by Tom Hoyme, Great Falls District, U.S. Customs, June, 13 1995.

^ Derived from Statistics Canada computer runs, June 19, 1995.

Sweetgrass-Coutts

Grains

3072

30

111

22

39

12

58

2

Live animals

1910

18

86

17

82

2

2

0

Forest products

1321

13

64

13

62

1

1

0

Horticulture commodities

814

8

37

7

26

8

3

0

Perishable food

801

8

40

8

38

2

0

0

Nitrate

458

4

17

3

4

6

7

0

General freight

371

4

28

5

21

5

2

0

Construction products

255

2

17

3

13

1

3

0

Other

1369

13

71

14

Empty

nil

39

8

39

0

0

0

Above total

10371

100

510

100

380

46

82

2

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    STAA-NHS/CNHS

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    I-15 and AL 4

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    Southbound Traffic:

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      FY 1992 = 177 trucks/day @ FY 1993 = 191 trucks/day @ FY 1994 = 241 trucks/day

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      Lumber, paper, pulp, grain, feed, seed, chemical, petroleum products, fertilizers, ore, machinery, inspection facilities for live cattle and meat

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        Alberta’s 3-day survey of 510 southbound trucks had the following results:

Commodity

Tonnes

%

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    Of the 510 southbound trucks:

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      60 had Montana overdimension permits, 103 had Montana weight permits, and 32 had Canadian weight permits to travel to Shelby.

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        destinations: Montana (37%), California (13%), Colorado (12%), Utah (9%), Idaho (7%), Wyoming (4%), Texas (3%), Other (15%).

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        43% of the 510 trucks originated in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge (57% from 53 other Alberta locations).

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        75% were single trailer units (3-S2s and maybe some 3-S3s)--with doubles accounting for the remainder (2 B trains for every A or C train).

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    1992 southbound weight at Coutts = 1,298,000 short tons/year (1,177,286 metric tonnes/year); truck count

= 47091 25-ton trucks/year or 129 25-ton trucks/day [pA30]. This compares well with 1994 Alberta study of 138 25-ton trucks/day. = Most southbound trucks are loaded (grain, cattle, fuel); many northbound trucks are empty. = Sunday evening, Monday, Tuesday and half Wednesday are busy in both directions at the joint scale; weekend southbound traffic is light partly because U.S. permits are often not readily available at the Scale or otherwise = To utilize Canadian weights to Shelby, a carrier must buy an annual permit of $200 and pay a per load charge of $10. The per load permits are obtained at the Scale when U.S. officers are there. Certain

carriers are authorized to self-issue the per load permits. & Of the 99 southbound trucks: 6 of 10 were 3-S2s, 1 of 10 was a 3-S3, 1.5 of 10 were 8-axle B-trains, 1

of 8 was an A-trains (11 7-axles, 1 8-axle), and there was 1 each of a deadhead tractor, a 3-S4 (operating as a 3-S3 having its lift axle raised), and 1 2-S1.

Trucks

%

Configuration Single A-double B-double C-double

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