When vehicles are idling in heavy or standstill traffic congestion, the resulting emission pollutants impact air quality significantly. El Paso region border ports of entry are of particular concern due to the north- and southbound commercial and passenger vehicle queues and long wait times at inspection stations. TTI researchers recently completed a computer modeling effort to examine the emissions impacts at the Ysleta-Zaragoza port of entry at El Paso/Cuidad Juarez which provided insights into how various combinations of reduction in wait time and open inspection booths can affect emissions differently for passenger and commercial vehicles. | Read the Featured Project Page
by Sushant Sharma and David Galicia
When a major event attracts tens of thousands of visitors to a community, the transportation network is sometimes negatively impacted near that event. The ripple effect can often be felt across the entire transportation system. We and other researchers with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR) had a unique opportunity to study one of the biggest and historical events in the Paso Del Norte Region — the Pope’s visit to Ciudad Juarez area in April.
by Dan Middleton
Finally, after years of searching and testing, the Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR) may have found a device that reliably counts the thousands of passenger and commercial vehicles crossing the border between Mexico and Texas each day. Full-scale testing on the product is underway now at the Zaragoza Bridge border crossing in El Paso, and we should know soon if it’s what we’ve been looking for.
by David Salgado Manzano and Jeff Shelton
If you spend much time along the border, especially during peak crossing times, you can find yourself waiting for hours to get through a checkpoint. And while improved trade between the U.S. and Mexico is a good thing, one down side is that the increased traffic is adding to the problem.
by Arturo Bujanda and Bob Trotter
Border wait times (BWTs) have gotten longer in the past decade or so. Between increased trade (a good thing) resulting from expanding agreements between the United States and Mexico and enhanced security following 9/11 (a necessary thing), it’s understandable. But time is money when you’re idling at the border, and reducing wait times without compromising security isn’t easy with today’s federal budget constraints.
By 2030, the Office of the State Demographer predicts Texas will support a population of 33.9 million. That’s up from 25.2 million in 2010—about a 35 percent increase. That means that, for every three people we have in the state today, we’ll have four tomorrow. And they’ll all be trying to use the same transportation system.
by Lupe Ramos
The Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR) does more than simply conduct research in the El Paso region. We also look for ways, through our research and outreach, to improve the lives of everyone transportation touches, especially in our own home town.
by Geza Pesti
How goods are getting to and from Mexican manufacturers to American markets—and vice versa—is important to know. Are they traveling by truck or rail? Are they experiencing shipping delays (often passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices)? Are they rising or falling in frequency, value, and volume?
Researchers at TTI’s Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research are helping El Paso’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) gather baseline data via a regional survey about how residents currently travel around the region. Ultimately, the information will help the MPO decide how to shape its forthcoming multimodal plan by taking into account the public’s preferences and attitudes about various travel modes, like walking and biking. | Read the MPO’s Blog on the Project