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New Orleans Intra-City Truck Freight Study. Talking Freight Seminar April 19th 2005. Karen Parsons New Orleans Regional Planning Commission Eulois Cleckley Wilbur Smith Associates. Presentation Outline. Background Benefits Challenges Study Methodology Data collection process

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New Orleans Intra-City

Truck Freight Study

Talking Freight Seminar

April 19th 2005

Karen Parsons

New Orleans Regional Planning Commission

Eulois Cleckley

Wilbur Smith Associates


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Presentation Outline

  • Background

  • Benefits

  • Challenges

  • Study Methodology

  • Data collection process

  • Outcomes

  • Conclusion

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Trucking Industry Overview New Orleans 5-Parish Area

Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany

  • Over 9 million tons were moved by truck from New Orleans

  • 17% of Average Annual Daily Truck Traffic (AADTT) and 16% of total shipments were intra-state

  • 75 companies and 12 brokers within Orleans parish

  • 66% of truck traffic is caused by light duty and delivery trucks within Orleans parish

  • 9% of all large trucks carry hazardous materials

  • 58 million in truck registration fees, fine and penalties--- Taxes paid by trucking sector (Fuel, violations)

  • Intermodal ports, Elmwood, Labarre, NORBP and Earhart /Tulane Business parks generate majority of truck moves

  • Anecdotal sense of where trucks are going and the effect on a city area.

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Vision and Goals

Vision

To provide a picture of the trucking freight movements within the New Orleans metropolitan area and inform our understanding of the flow of freight within the 5-parish New Orleans Region.

  • Goals

  • To determine the freight flows by truck through the New Orleans 5-parish area

  • To illustrate the inbound and outbound truck flows from the Business Parks and Industrial Districts

  • To illustrate inbound and outbound truck moves to Intermodal yards (port moves and rail drays)

New Orleans Intra-City Truck Freight Study 2005


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Strategy

  • Goal

  • To determine the freight flows by truck through the New Orleans 5-parish area

  • Objectives

    • Focus on the major truck trip generators in the region.

    • Identify the businesses in the Business Parks and Industrial Districts (Elmwood, Labarre, New Orleans Regional Business and Industrial Park, Earhart/Tulane, Harvey Canal Industrial Park and other identifiable business/industry clusters).

  • Goal

  • To illustrate the inbound and outbound truck flows from the Business Parks and

  • Industrial Districts

  • Objectives

    • Locate and map the Business Parks, Industrial Districts and Freight Villages

    • Quantify the delivery patterns through the use of a comprehensive online survey.

    • Map flow of freight to and from locations by zip code clusters.

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    Strategy (Cont’d)

    • Goal

    • To illustrate inbound and outbound truck moves to Intermodal yards(port moves and rail drays)

    • Objectives

      • Map truck freight flows for the Intermodal yards (Port of New Orleans, CSX, UP, NS, BNSF, CN and KCS).

      • Quantify drayage trips from terminal to terminal. Map flow of freight to and from terminals by zip code clusters.

    New Orleans Intra-City Truck Freight Study 2005


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    Previous Data Collection

    Current traffic demand modeling:

    • Limited traffic counts around region

    • Truck traffic as percentage of overall traffic

    • Supplemental traffic data through travel diaries

    • 2000 survey of 20 trucking firms (approx. 100 questionnaires) self identified worst problems

    • Verify/Update Truck Route Maps using local ordinances and designated state routes

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    New Data Collection Approach Developed

    • Establish regional study boundaries

    • Define ‘Significant Freight Generators’

    • Contact selected businesses

    • Create the online survey

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    Benefits

    • More robust understanding of trucking movements related to geography

    • Developed new analysis tool useful for other Metropolitan Planning Organizations

    • Regional rather than statewide

    • Assist in categorizing truck moves for congestion management planning

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    Benefits

    • Understand how truck flows effect business operations (and visa versa)

    • Locate freight generators and quantify activities

    • Inform land use policy

    • Inform transportation planning

    • Establish knowledgeable advisory committees: Trucking Subcommittee and Freight Advisory Group

    • Inform project selection for TIP and MTP

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    Challenges

    • Identifying the businesses

      • Purchase of SIC code business data base (other uses too)

      • Used interested, unpaid graduate students to call local businesses (Univ. of New Orleans – MURP students)

        • Introduce project and gather accurate contact information

    • Ensuring Participation

      • Post Card snail mail reminders to fill out survey on-line

      • On-line survey reminders weekly

      • Offer of free regional truck map

      • Made presentations to local business park associations

      • Offer of copy of New Orleans Trucking Study

        report when completed

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    Challenges

    • Locating and researching an on-line survey tool

      • Survey Monkey - $19 per month

      • Designing good survey – understandable/reasonable length

    • Compiling and assembling contact information of local business making or receiving trucked deliveries

    • Establishing a relationship with truck/motor carriers

    • Establishing Cluster Zip Code Zones

    • Establish Zone to Zone matrix –drivers self identify most-used truck routes (personal knowledge/time consuming)

    • Determining types of trucks making deliveries

    • Compilation and analysis of survey data and other info

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    The Survey

     Business type (determine the number of warehouses, distribution centers and businesses in each business park)

     Number of deliveries to warehouses, distribution centers and general business

     Day of the week deliveries occur

     Time of the day that deliveries are made (typical delivery pattern)

     Carrier size (determination between 5-axle trucks and delivery trucks)

     Number of outbound loads (shipments) depending on business type

     Destinations of loads to determine the truck routes used in the parish area

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    SIC Code Breakdown

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    Business Per Zone

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    Vehicle Type

    Results



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    Next Steps Interrupted by Hurricane Katrina

    • Data from motor carriers for Flow Matrix

    • Weighted Flow Maps

    • State crash data received yet problematic

    • Crash analysis using CrimeStat Software

    • Trucking Subcommittee – formed but not regrouped

    • Formulation of a Freight Advisory Group

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    Household Debris Stream

    Twin Span Bridge Emergency Replacement

    Organic Debris Stream


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