US: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is rolling out FPMweb, a new Internet-based system designed to help states, highway planners and shippers pinpoint choke points along 25 top US interstate highways that are considered significant freight routes.
Developed through a multi-year FHWA research initiative with the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), FPMweb is reportedly a first of its kind effort to capture information on truck travel speeds from around the country via GPS data transmitted and satellite technology.
Low speed data gathered by the system reflects congestion levels at a particular location and time of day on the major highways monitored by the system, FHWA noted.
The agency’s hope is that its new freight performance measures web-based tool, dubbed “FPMweb,” will help re-route freight volumes or shift shipments to less congested travel times, said Nancy Singer, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) office of public affairs.
“This tool will allow a variety of parties – from state planners to shippers – to look at entire freight corridors and make better travel decisions,” she said. Among the 25 interstates covered by FPMweb are I-5 in California and I-95 along the eastern seaboard.