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FINAL REPORT Evaluating Alternative Truck Management Strategies Along I-81 - 2004

FINAL REPORT Evaluating Alternative Truck Management Strategies Along I-81 - 2004

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Final report of ITS Center project: I-81 tolling optionsA Research Project ReportFor the Center for ITS Implementation ResearchA U.S. DOT University Transportation CenterEVALUATING ALTERNATIVE TRUCK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIESALONG I-81
Principal Investigators:Hesham RakhaAlejandra Medina FlintschKuongho AhnIhab El-ShawarbyMazen ArafehVirginia Tech Transportation Institute3500 Transportation Research Plaza (0536)Blacksburg VA 24061Phone: 540-231-1505Fax: 540-231-1555
November 2004
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ISCLAIMER 
 
The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors, who are responsible for the facts and the accuracy of theinformation presented herein. This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation,University Transportation Centers Program, in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes noliability for the contents or use thereof.
 
 
Rakha, Medina, Ahn, El-Shawarby, and Arafeh Page 2
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VALUATING
A
LTERNATIVE
T
RUCK
M
ANAGEMENT
S
TRATEGIES ALONG
I-81
Hesham Rakha
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Virginia Tech Transportation Institute3500 Transportation Research Plaza (0536)Blacksburg, VA 24061Phone: (540) 231-1505Fax: (540) 231-1555E-mail: hrakha@vt.edu
Alejandra Medina Flintsch
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute3500 Transportation Research Plaza (0536)Blacksburg, VA 24061Phone: (540) 231-1508Fax: (540) 231-1555E-mail: ale@vtti.vt.edu
Kuongho Ahn
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute3500 Transportation Research Plaza (0536)Blacksburg, VA 24061Phone: (540) 231-1573Fax: (540) 231-1555E-mail: kahn@vt.edu
Ihab El-Shawarby
Ain-Shams University, Cairo, EgyptVirginia Tech Transportation Institute3500 Transportation Research Plaza (0536)Blacksburg, VA 24061Phone: (540) 231-1577Fax: (540) 231-1555E-mail: shawarby@vt.edu
Mazen Arafeh
 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute3500 Transportation Research Plaza (0536)Blacksburg, VA 24061Phone: (540) 231-15Fax: (540) 231-1555E-mail: amazen@vt.eduTotal word count: 5,981 (text) + 1,750 (tables & figures) = 7,631Submitted on: 11/12/2004
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Corresponding author 
 
Rakha, Medina, Ahn, El-Shawarby, and Arafeh Page 3
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BSTRACT
 
The study evaluates a number of lane management strategies along one of the most highly traveled roadwaysections of I-81 in the State of Virginia using the INTEGRATION traffic simulation software. The lanemanagement strategies that are considered include the separation of heavy-duty trucks from light-duty traffic, therestriction of trucks to specific lanes, and the construction of climbing lanes at strategic locations. Overall, theresults demonstrate that a physical separation of heavy-duty trucks from the regular traffic offers the maximumbenefits in terms of efficiency, energy, and environmental benefits. The study also demonstrates that restrictingtrucks from the use of the leftmost lane offers the second highest benefits in terms of efficiency, energy, andenvironmental impacts.

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