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A cost evaluation of cross-border truck emissions testing using heavy duty remote sensing equipment : final report 601.
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    Final report
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    NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-Freight Economics and Finance ; NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Environment Impacts ; NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Air Quality ; NTL-FREIGHT-Trucking Industry ;
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    The objective of this research study was to perform a thorough evaluation of the feasibility and cost implications for initial system installation and ongoing program and maintenance costs for a land port of entry truck emissions program utilizing heavy duty remote sensing technology. This study includes funding recommendations to maintain such a program. To meet the study objective, project tasks included the following: 1) develop a work plan for approval by the Technical Advisory Committee; 2) review the literature on cross-border truck traffic, truck emissions, and truck emission testing; 3) prepare a detailed data collection plan; 4) implement the data collection plan and provide detailed discussion and analysis to support the proposed testing program's elements and cost components; and 5) prepare a final report and a four-page research note. Cost data were developed for each alternative and includes figures for capital equipment installation and five years of operation and maintenance expenses. The present worth costs for each data plan utilizing contract labor ranged from $1,320,828 to $2,177,467. If employees of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) or the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) are used, the present worth costs range between $1,140,349 and $1,923,247. While it is obvious that the use of employees is less expensive than contract labor, the agency could find it difficult to attract highly skilled employees for a proposed HDRS emissions measurement program at the Arizona-Mexico border. It is important to note that measurement of emissions by remote sensing is still an emerging technology that has limitations in its application. ADOT can partner with ADEQ to determine if a monitoring program is warranted at the border at this time. ADEQ has an established air quality monitoring program throughout the state and has trained staff, equipment, and facilities to support such a program.

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