Since 2009, TTI’s Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR) has studied freight activities of U.S.-Mexico POEs in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Using data from the Trans-Border Surface Freight Database of the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, CIITR researchers have identified trends and quantified variations in freight movement across the border. Researchers classified freight by mode of transport (e.g., trucks and rail cars, empty and loaded), commodities (six commodity groups) and freight destinations.
Better understanding what is being shipped where, the method for moving it, and how freight movement affects local and national economies, the environment, and congestion at traditional bottlenecks (i.e., border crossings) can help stakeholders make more informed decisions impacted by and involving border trade. (Read the Featured Project Page)