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NCTCOG has worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety to develop a data exchange system, where Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers will be able to more quickly and securely obtain driver history information while on the side of the road. This system has entered the testing phase and is expected to be available soon.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Update


North Texas is one of the busiest inland ports in the nation where freight is moved, transferred and distributed to destinations around the world. Increasing truck traffic in the region means planners have made safety an area of emphasis as they look to improve the movement of freight on the roadways. To help address safety concerns, NCTCOG hosted the Commercial Motor Vehicle Violations Training for 47 area judges, prosecutors and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers in 2016. The goal of this training was to reduce the number of safety violations by increasing conviction rates and decreasing the number of court cases that receive reduced penalties. NCTCOG will also initiate the CVE equipment and training program in 2017. The program will allow CVE officers to obtain weight scales and training free of charge.

Truck Traffic Counts

In November 2016, NCTCOG issued a request for proposals from firms interested in conducting traffic counts for the region. Having a more complete picture of where truck traffic is most heavily concentrated throughout the day will help planners continue to refine the transportation system. The data from this project will enable NCTCOG to develop better traffic models, leading to improved mobility, system reliability and emissions forecasts. Planners will use the data to support:


• Goods movement performance-based planning in compliance with new federal performance measures for truck travel time reliability

• The calibration and validation of the NCTCOG travel demand model and the commercial vehicle model

• Identification of corridors frequently used by heavy-duty vehicles

Crossing Incidents

Railroad facilities are located across the region, moving large amounts of freight to and from North Texas. When railroad tracks intersect a roadway, it is called an at-grade crossing. There are over 2,900 at-grade railroad crossings in the region, and it is important for residents to follow safety precautions around them. Sometimes there are incidents involving cars and trains at these crossings. Since 2000, the number of incidents has been trending downward. In 2016, there were 40. To continue this improvement, drivers and edestrians should heed safety signals and warnings.

This is a graphic of rail road crossing incidents over the years.
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Truck Lane Restrictions

Truck lane restrictions are an important element of the region's transportation network. These restrictions prohibit freight traffic from traveling in the left lane except to pass other vehicles. The restrictions, in place for about 10 years, have been shown to reduce serious truck- and passenger vehicle-related accidents. Most of these corridors are located in Dallas and Tarrant counties, but they have also been implemented in parts of Collin, Ellis, Parker and Rockwall counties.

There are plans to add truck lane restrictions to approximately 15 more corridors by 2040. Also, three new corridors will be added as construction is completed on IH 30, IH 635 and SH 114.

Texas Freight Plan

Last year, TxDOT completed the first Texas Freight Mobility Plan and is updating the plan to bring it into conformity with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This is a requirement for Texas and the region to receive freight-specific funds.

Work is continuing this year. To help with this update, TxDOT held a workshop in February 2017 that focused on trends, challenges and opportunities for freight in Texas and freight system designation. In June, TxDOT will hold a second workshop, this one focusing on freight project recommendations and the freight investment plan. TxDOT hopes to have a draft of the new plan for public review in August.

Air Cargo

Trucks are the most popular way to move goods, as 77 percent are shipped in this fashion. For expensive freight that needs to arrive at its destination quickly, however, airplanes are often the preferred option. The volume of goods shipped by air from the region's three air cargo facilities grew substantially last year, led by the 14.5 percent increase at Alliance Airport.

 This is a graphic of the air cargoe tonnage coming through the region in 2015 and 2016.
Air cargo activity increased at the region's major airports last year.

 

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