The District of Columbia Motor Carrier Management and Threat Assessment Studyprovides a detailed analysis of current motor carrier activity in the District of Columbia(the District), an outline of the truck traffic concerns of stakeholder groups, and aframework for the creation of a comprehensive motor carrier management program. TheDistrict Department of Transportation (DDOT) has commissioned the U.S. Departmentof Transportation’s (DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe) inCambridge, Massachusetts, to conduct the study.Through the implementation of recommendations from this study, DDOT hopes to:
Reduce truck traffic on residential streets
Reduce congestion due to truck traffic and truck loading/unloading activities
Provide better information and services to truck operators
Address truck-related security concernsThis study does not address individual location-specific problems. Rather, it takes alarger view of truck issues and recommends an overall truck management program thatcan be used to address specific complaints and problem locations.
Volpe conducted extensive research on motor carrier operations in the District. For truck counts, this study uses the best available existing data. Research included gathering andanalyzing existing data on truck traffic in the District, collecting and analyzing new datafor a pilot truck parking study, collecting qualitative data through visual inspections of key locations and neighborhoods, and interviewing relevant stakeholders representingbusinesses, residents, government agencies, public safety and security agencies, and truck owners and operators. In addition, Volpe studied successful truck management andsecurity practices in other cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.The results of this research are presented in this study, divided into sections as follows:
An analysis of existing trucking conditions in the District, including traffic volumes,crash data, truck restrictions, and important de facto
Research on successful strategies for motor carrier management, based on theexperiences of other cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
A review of the needs and concerns of businesses and truck owners and operators.
A review of community concerns including an anecdotal overview of neighborhood-level truck issues.
A review of the concerns of government agencies at various levels, includingadministrations within DDOT, other District government agencies, and FederalGovernment agencies.
An analysis of security issues relating to truck traffic, focusing on potential threatsposed by large trucks and on counter-terrorism strategies.