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Trucking bottlenecks are a significant issue for trucking companies, manufacturers and consumers alike. Delivery delays cause trucking companies to lose money by way of increased fuel consumption and reduced productivity for the driver. Missed delivery deadlines can also cause production at a manufacturing plant to come to a sudden halt. In the end, consumers pay more for the things they buy. A recent semi-truck industry report released by the American Transport Research Institute (ATRI) sheds light on the worst bottleneck areas in the country and how infrastructure spending should be allocated
Since 2002, ATRI has produced a report on the worst bottleneck locations in the country. It is based on the Federal Highway Administration’s Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative, which monitors a series of performance markers related to truck-based freight transportation. It's based on GPS information that was collected from 250 freight-significant areas. In turn, the data was compiled into a list ranking 100 areas from the worst congested to the best. Atlanta, Georgia, Fort Lee, New Jersey, Chicago, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio rank in the top five worst cities for bottlenecks.
To maintain an efficient supply chain, it's imperative that deliveries are made on schedule, every time. No matter how well-intended a driver is, it may be impossible to keep a tight deadline in a bottleneck situation. However, armed with the bottleneck report mentioned before, routes can be altered to avoid the worst congestion in any given area. Not only does it ensure the delivery arrives on time, but it eliminates driver idle time and wasted fuel, resulting in lower costs. This, in turn, creates a larger profit margin that can be invested back into the company to purchase additional equipment, add facilities, or hire more employees.
The Trump administration has said that it will invest a great deal of money and resources into infrastructure improvements. This is excellent news for the transportation industry, and in particular, trucking. One of the challenges that must be overcome is how, exactly, to allocate funding. The answer may lie within the data of ATRI's report. It shows that 89% of the bottleneck problems occur on 12% of the road traveled. Therefore, problem areas can be targeted precisely and addressed first, and other, less urgent areas can be re-assessed at a later date.
Data collection, and interpretation, is a key element in planning the best routes for trucks to avoid costly delays. This year's ATRI report illustrates just how significant bottleneck delays are in certain areas. Armed with this data, however, trucking companies can overcome the obstacle and become more productive and efficient. Likewise, decision makers can use the information to create spending plans that improve infrastructure in these vital areas. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this topic, or if you have other questions about the trucking industry, semi-trucks, or equipment.
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