|In Beyond Traffic an
example is provided on the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. These two ports process hundreds of
billions of dollars worth of imports and exports each year. Imports arrive on giant container ships and
are transferred to trucks and trains which takes the cargo to intermodal
transfers center, and from there to warehouses and stores across the country. Today our freight system is under serious
strain and our busiest ports, like Los Angels/Long Beach are becoming
increasing congested. There are
challenges, and also opportunties for improving this congestion.
|A 2015 survey by the Gateway Cities, COG captured
responses from over 400 truck drivers and 200 dispatchers in the Los Angeles
and Long Beach Port communities focused on traveler information.
|As you can see from
this slide the main source of communication that is used to share traveler
information is the CB Radio and AM/FM Radio.
The survey responses also indicated that there is a low adoption of
ITS technology to support the sharing of traveler information.
|The same survey also
asked the group of truck drivers and dispatchers how is the traveler
information they receive is being used today to make key decisions in their
day-to-day operation. The primary use
of the traveler information focuses on making decisions on whether to change
a route either En Route or at a departure from a port terminal.
|The group was also
asked to rate the value of proposed improvements in receiving better traveler
information. The top three areas these
groups wanted for improvement in traveler information include: 1) Better information on Port Queue
Processing Times (Note today these times can exceed an hour in some
situations) 2) Better information on Fastest Real-Time Routes from origin to
destination 3) Better information on Traffic Bottleneck Locations