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1 INTEGRATING FREIGHT IN CORRIDOR PLANNING AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Steve Linhart, AICP Caroline Mays, AICP June 17, 2016

2 The Importance of Freight Transportation in Texas Almost 4 billion tons of freight is projected to move in Texas by 2040 It Serves Texas Growing Population It Serves Texas Industries and Businesses It Employs Texans It Serves the U.S. Economy 2

3 Texas Freight Mobility Plan 3

4 Corridor Planning 4

5 Data Collection and Asset Inventory Roadway Railroads Airports Ports (Maritime; Inland) Safety Rest Areas/Truck Parking Areas Border Inspection Stations Freight Facilities 5

6 Corridor Freight Needs Assessment Inventory and Physical Condition of Existing Infrastructure Pavement Quality Bridge Restrictions Existing Operational Conditions and Performance Congestion/Level of Service Bottlenecks Truck Travel Speeds Travel Time Reliability Crash Rates Truck Volumes and Percentages Freight Generators Freight Flows -Existing and Forecasted Commodity Tonnage and Value 6

7 Identify and Engage Key Stakeholders TxDOT s Freight and International Trade Section TxDOT District Offices Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Port Authorities (Inland; Maritime) Airport Authorities Railroads Local, Regional, State, Federal, International Agencies International Border Entities Economic Development Agencies Trade and Modal Associations Military Installations 7

8 Corridor Freight Operational Characteristics Access Oversize/Overweight Loads Truck parking Snow and ice control Construction 8

9 Analytics - Crashes Crash Records Information System (CRIS) data Review Details in Peace Officer Reports Identify locations with high crash experiences Investigate locations by identifying crash patterns and contributing factors 9

10 Analytics - Traffic Review traffic counts Forecast demand Determine Modal Split Conduct Level of Service Analysis 10

11 I-30 Corridor Study 144-mile Corridor from FM 2462 in Royse City to the Texas/Arkansas Border Working Group chaired by Titus County Judge Brian Lee An estimated 90M tons of freight by 2040 Oversize/Overweight Load Analysis Truck Parking Inventory 11

12 I-45 Freight Corridor 281 miles 11 counties Study area includes: 2014 combined population over 9.9 million people and over 5 million jobs Urban areas of Galveston Houston (5 th largest US MSA) Conroe-The Woodlands Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (4 th largest US MSA) Data Source: TxDOT Statewide Planning Map

13 Corridor Freight Consideration Process Data Collection/Inv entory Needs Assessment Develop/ Evaluate Alternatives Improvement Strategies Stakeholder engagement 13

14 Existing Corridor Infrastructure Study Area 281 miles 11 counties Termini at SH 87 in Galveston I-20 in Dallas Roadway Ports Airports Inland Ports Rail 4 lanes 80% UP line closely 6 lanes 14% parallels highway corridor weekly 8 + lanes 6% shuttle Freight Gateways Data Source: TxDOT Statewide Planning Map

15 Existing Conditions Operating Conditions Bottlenecks Locations Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30 Houston, TX: I-45 at US 59 Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45 Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North) Houston, TX: I-45 at Sam Houston Tollway (North) Segment 1 North Houston Highway Improvement Project Add 4 Managed Lanes Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (South) Segment 2 Add 4 Managed Lanes Segment 3 Widen I-45 Realign I-45/I-10

16 Existing Corridor Conditions Average Daily Traffic/Truck I-45 Average Daily Traffic 2011 I-45 Truck Percentage Data Integrating Source: TxDOT Freight RHiNo in Corridor 2011 Planning and Project Development June 17,

17 Future Corridor Conditions - Average Daily Traffic/Truck I-45 Average Daily Traffic 2040 I-45 Truck Percentage Data Sources: TFMP Forecast Tool 17

18 Existing Conditions Average Daily Trucks Integrating Freight in Corridor Planning and Project Development June 17,

19 Existing Conditions Safety and Bridge Crash Rates Bridge Restrictions 19

20 I-45 Needs and Opportunities Freight Bottlenecks and Interchange Operations 5 of Texas top 15 freight bottlenecks on I-45 within study area: US59, I-10, I-610N, I-610S, Sam Houston Tollway N Interchanges 7 with Primary Freight Network 24 with Secondary Freight Network Stakeholder concerns: Primary: I-610S, US 59/I-69/SH 288, I-10, I-610N, I-20 Secondary: Loop 336/SH 75, US 79, US

21 Existing Conditions Freight Tonnage and Freight Generators Freight Tonnage Freight Generators 21

22 I-45 Needs Assessment 10 segments assessed independently Defined based on physical and operational characteristics Generally begin and end at Freight Network roadways. 22

23 I-45 Freight Corridor Potential Improvement Strategies Quick Start Multimodal Network Enhancements Horizon < $5 M 1-4 year implementation Up to $250M 5-10 year implementation $250M > 10 year implementation Needs addressed: Safety Asset management Spot congestion Needs addressed: Asset management Mobility and congestion Economic competitiveness Needs addressed: Mobility and congestion Economic competitiveness 23

24 The Project Development Process Prioritize and program projects Initiate environmental clearance process Construct environmentally cleared projects Initiate the Interstate designation process with FHWA and AASHTO, as appropriate Planning and environmental 2 5 years Engineering and design 1 3 years Obtain right-of-way and move utilities 1 3 years Construction 2 4 years 24

25 Project Plans Environmental Clearance/Schematic Design Plans, Specifications and Estimates Construction Underway Letting schedule 4-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan 10-year Unified Transportation Program 25

26 Although Texas is well-positioned to benefit from several important trends, such as a growing workforce and increasing productivity, the state s leaders must continue to focus on the mobility, safety and maintenance of its multimodal transportation corridors to ensure this economic prosperity continues into the future. Texas Freight Mobility Plan January

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