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Measuring Improvements in the Movement of Highway and Intermodal Freight

REPORT: Goods Movement Issue Paper

SPONSORS: East-West Gateway Coordinating Council (St. Louis region MPO)

AUTHORS: East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, with input from freight stakeholders

PARTICIPANTS: N/A

DATE: August 1998

SUMMARY:

The goods movement issue paper was developed in conjunction with the long-range transportation plan for the St. Louis region, called “Transportation Redefined.” Efficient movement of goods is one of seven focus areas established in the plan to guide strategic problem solving. As background, the issue paper highlights the importance of goods movement efficiency, identifies and describes the region’s multi-modal and intermodal freight system and facilities, and describes commodity flows. It also provides the overarching vision and goals for freight movement in the region, including 22 objectives and 23 investment projects. The final section of the White Paper is focused on performance measures. It provides a brief background on performance measures, those considered, and the proposed performance measures for the region. Rather than selecting a few specific data measures, the paper presents a hybrid of measures for major categories of issues.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES PRESENTED:

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Connectivity/Congestion measures:

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Average speed on the regional roadway network.

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Truck counts at several key locations on the region’s Priority Goods Movement Network (PGMN).

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Reliability measure: Level-of-service below C on PGMN roadways.

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Intermodal measures:

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Tons of air freight departing Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

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Tons of cargo transported through the port

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Number of intermodal lifts that occur yearly at the local intermodal facilities

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Safety measures:

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Number of at-grade railroad crossings in the Region/or on the PGMN.

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Number of overpasses in the Region (or on the PGMN) that have vertical clearance restrictions.

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Number of weight restricted bridges in the Region (or on the PGMN).

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Intersections with inadequate turning radii for 53' trailers in the Region (or on the PGMN).

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High accident locations on the PGMN as well as total number of accidents (to detect trends).

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Ramp geometry where site distance to poor or sharp turns are required.

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Pavement life remaining on PGMN routes.

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Economic / Environmental measures:

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