Measuring Improvements in the Movement of Highway and Intermodal Freight
REPORT: Freight Performance Measures: A Yardstick for Minnesota’s Transportation System, Preliminary Draft, subject to review and approval.
SPONSORS: Minnesota Department of Transportation
AUTHORS: Mark Berndt and Mark Larson, Minnesota Department of Transportation
PARTICIPANTS: Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC) MFAC is made of shippers and carriers that advise MINNDOT on freight issues. To a large extent, the report reflects MFAC recommendations.
DATE: August 25, 1999
This is an effort with the explicit goal of developing freight performance measures for a transportation system and largely for the highway system. It is not the result of a concentrated study, rather the result of a one-day meeting at which MFAC members devoted themselves to discussing and proposing performance measures.
PERFORMANCE MEASURES PRESENTED:
The report presents a number of indicators, classified, in part, according to availability of data.
Freeway travel time, by route and time of day
Average speed on freeways, by route and time of day
Congestion ranking of freeways, by route
Relative congestion levels of major metropolitan areas
Benefits to heavy trucks from major improvement projects
Dollar cost of crashes (apparently heavy-truck crashes, but not obvious) and crash cost comparisons by mode.
Number of “design impediments” to freight traffic (e.g., grade crossings, truck-restricted roads, deficient bridges)
City-to-city travel time for major highway routes
Point-to-point transit time for shippers
Transit time to major regional, national, and global markets
Number of “design impediments” to access to terminals (truck, rail, air, and water)
Crash rate per ton-mile by mode
Minnesota’s transportation investment and spending as a percent of gross state product (GSP).