Final Evaluation Report: Ambassador Bridge Border Crossing System (ABBCS) Field Operational Test
Ambassador Bridge,Detroit,Michigan,United States; Ambassador Bridge,Windsor,Ontario,Canada
The ABBCS project was to develop and demonstrate a system that would allow pre-processed vehicles, trade goods, and commuters to pass through the border checkpoints with expedited processing. The system was to identify trucks, crews, cargo, and commuter vehicles, and quickly process them using electronic toll payment systems.
The potential to reduce queue lengths during peak periods was demonstrated using a simulation model. The model simulated ABBCS lane assignments. It used a four-lane configuration where all lanes were mixed-use (all lanes are equipped with the system and are open to all traffic). The simulation showed a 50 percent reduction in the time required for an equipped truck to enter the lane heading the customs station and then exit. However, this configuration could negate some incentives for participating in the program, because any differential in time between equipped and non-equipped trucks is eliminated. The simulation also showed that as the percentage of equipped trucks increases, benefits are more pronounced.
Published By: ABBCS FOT Partners
Prepared by Booz-Allen & Hamilton for the ABBCS FOT Partners
Source Date: May 2000
EDL Number: 13072URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/repts_te/13072.pdf
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