Proposed JWC 2010-2012 Work Plan
- Border Wait Times Studies
Commercial vehicles are often delayed at border crossings. Trip delays increase transportation costs, and impact national security and the environment. There are efforts underway by several agencies to improve processes (inspection, queuing, just-in-time delivery) as well as programs to fund and improve infrastructure at ports of entry to reduce delays and increase security. The objective of these studies is to provide a baseline of border crossing delay by measuring border crossing times for commercial trucks at the Pharr-Reynosa border crossing as well as other border crossings. These baseline data will then be used to help measure the success of improvement projects and strategies. New locations - Laredo, Brownsville, San Luis, Calexico.
- US/Mexico Border Wait-time Peer Exchange Roundtable
A US/Mexico Border Wait-time Peer Exchange Roundtable is a multi-faceted approach to address strategic State, regional, and national IPOE goals, namely reducing border wait-times and congestion at international border ports-of-entry, identifying best practices in determining border wait times, and developing methods and strategies to standardize the collection and dissemination of border wait-time data.
- Analysis of how to use and disseminate wait time data
Analyze various ways that Border wait time data can be used for Planning, operations, traffic information, design and what methods/format are needed for dissemination of the information.
- Analysis between wait times and emissions
Analyze the relationship between emissions and ports of entry and Border wait-times in order to better understand their environmental impacts.
- Regional Border Master Plans Plans
The JWC proposes to create a compendium of border-wide regional master plans with a comprehensive and prioritized assessment of transportation needs along the border including at the Ports of Entry (POE). The Regional Master Plan provides the next logical step in a comprehensive, binational transportation planning process. The Border Master Plan will go beyond BINS II to gather land use, environment, population, and socio-economic data. This data will be used to adequately evaluate growth and future capacity needs at the border and to more realistically forecast future conditions in the border region. Additionally, this data can be utilized to evaluate the existing binational transportation and POE system, its current and future demand, and the infrastructure necessary to handle the expected growth. The Regional Master Plan would help foster consistency amongst the individual agency planning processes, which creates a documentation that feeds back into the periodic updates of plan. The Master Plan must consider short-term, mid-term, and long-term needs. The comprehensive list and prioritized assessment of the transportation and POE needs will support international trade as well as improve cross-border travel and the quality of life for the residents and visitors of each region. Therefore, the Border Master Plan should be incorporated as a component of Federal, State, and local strategic plans. Additionally, the outcome of the Master Plan process must be accepted and embraced by stakeholders throughout the border region. Stakeholders should make the Master Plan part of their overall planning and forecasting process. The master plan would be regularly updated (every 3-5 years) with new data, policy issues, and economic and infrastructure changes as planned by the stakeholders. (Arizona/Sonora, West Texas/New Mexico/Chihuahua, Laredo/Nuevo Leon/Coahuila/Tamaulipas, and Lower Rio Grande Valley/Tamaulipas)
- U.S. 95 Binational Corridor Study (San Luis, AZ/San Luis Colorado, Son.)
To be submitted by AZ DOT
- Greening Transportation at the Border Workshop
The conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on May 12th and 13th of 2010 with a travel day of May 11. The conference length is proposed to be 1½ days. Concurrent sessions will be included. The target audience will be Federal, State, and local governments, including Metropolitan Planning Organizations along with Border trade, travel, private sector, community stakeholders, and academia. This conference will cover greening efforts of both the U.S./Mexico Border and the U.S./Canada Border. There will be simultaneous interpretation available at the workshop (Spanish/English).
The purpose of the workshop is to to exchange information on transportation greening efforts in the U.S./Mexico and U.S./Canada Border Regions. The workshop will focus on four Border transportation themes to include:
- Green Technology,
- Performance/Reliability Measures,
- Livability/Sustainability, and
- Green Financing/Industry
- Transportation Modeling peer exchange (Data Dogs)
In an effort to provide accurate short-, medium-, and long-term traffic projections for cross border travel, select traffic studies are being conducted that will provide information to populate travel demand models. In addition, existing cross-border and Port of Entry travel demand forecast modeling techniques will be discussed and evaluated to reach understanding and enhance knowledge of existing systems and to produce solutions for improved cross-border modeling.
- BIFA/ITS coordination (including peer exchange data base for license plates and other data of interest)
There are a multitude of agencies from numerous jurisdictions (federal, state, and local) that operate at or on the approach to U.S./Mexican land port of entries. Many of these agencies are currently planning or implementing technology and information systems to help them accomplish their work. The development of a US-Mexico BIFA/ITS Coordination could help guide a deliberate effort to ensure the systems deployed at the border are able to interact with each other.
- Corridor and Freight coordination meeting
Conduct a Coordination meeting discussing the FHWA Freight Corridors and SCT Freight Corridors.
- Application of the California Economic Impact of Border Wait Times to other locations
Understand the economic significance of border delays. Measure economic impacts of wait times for cross-border personal travel and cross-border freight movements and applying the model developed in the California/Baja California model for testing public policy solutions.
- Evaluation of future border projects with innovative ideas (e.g. freight shuttle)