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United States-Mexico Land Ports of Entry Emissions and Border Wait-Time White Paper and Analysis Template

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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

United States-Mexico Land Ports of Entry Emissions and Border Wait-Time White Paper and Analysis Template

5. Report Date

November 2012

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Thomas P. Kear, Ph.D., P.E., James H. Wilson, and James J. Corbett, Ph.D.

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02140

Energy and Environmental Research Associates
Two Babcock Farms Lane
Pittsford, NY 14534

TranSystems Corporation
2400 Pershing Road, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64108

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E.
Washington DC, 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA Task Manager (COTR), Sylvia Grijalva

16. Abstract

This report summarizes background research and presents an analysis template for analyzing the emissions from vehicle delay at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. The analyses template is presented along with two case studies. Results from the case studies identify candidate best practices and performance measures for use as an input during the initial phases of development for projects that alter the border infrastructure or the operational characteristics of the ports of entry. A set of operating mode distributions and average speed data for use with emission factor modes such as MOVES, EMFAC, or MOBILE is developed based on a detailed microsimulation analysis of the Bridge of the Americas and the Ysleta-Zaragoza port of entry. Vehicle activity is assigned to either uncongested movements or queues, with queues further broken down to stop-and-go queues or creeping queues. This breakout of the emissions and vehicle activity is then used to analysis specific case studies to add users in extending the analysis template to their own analysis needs. Background research is available separately.

17. Key Words

Land port of entry, border crossing delay, border crossing emissions, MOVES, EMFAC, MOBILE

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

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21. No of Pages

22. Price


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