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06-27-2017
Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement

WASHINGTON – While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) used to identify commercial motor vehicle carriers at high risk for future crashes is conceptually sound, several features of its implementation need improvement, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Over the next two years, FMCSA should develop a more statistically principled approach for the task, based on an item response theory (IRT) model -- an approach that has been applied successfully in informing policy decisions in other areas such as hospital rankings. If the model is then demonstrated to perform well in identifying motor carriers that need interventions, FMCSA should use it to replace SMS.

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06-08-2017
National Coalition on Truck Parking

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and several stakeholder organizations established the National Coalition on Truck Parking (Coalition) in August 2015 as a response to a documented need for truck parking solutions. Stakeholders engaged in the Coalition represent the trucking industry, commercial vehicle safety officials, State departments of transportation (DOTs), and commercial truck stop owners and operators. This National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report, 2015-2016 (Report) documents the first year of Coalition activities and synthesizes suggestions from participants to address truck parking problems across the Nation.

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05-23-2017
Freight Intermodal Connectors Study

Highway intermodal connectors are roads that provide the "last-mile" connection between major rail, port, airport, and intermodal freight facilities on the National Highway System (NHS). The officially designated network of NHS intermodal connectors accounts for less than one percent of total NHS mileage, but these roads are critical for the timely and reliable movement of freight. (FHWA Freight Management and Operations NHS Connectors.) It is, therefore, important to understand the use, condition, and performance of the Nation's intermodal connectors since they have a direct impact on goods movement efficiency and, therefore, the health of the economy.

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