Dundalk area truck impact study : final project report
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Dundalk area truck impact study : final project report

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    NTL-FREIGHT-FREIGHT;NTL-FREIGHT-Freight Planning and Policy;NTL-FREIGHT-Trucking Industry;
  • Abstract:
    The Baltimore City DOT requested the U.S. DOT’s John A. Volpe National Transportation

    Systems Center (Volpe Center) to assist the City in improving residents’ quality of life and the

    ease of businesses in moving freight in and through the far southeast of Baltimore City. This

    historically industrial area, often referred to as Dundalk, has seen an increase in freight

    movement over time as the volume of the area’s port operations has increased and more truck

    traffic is required to move goods locally, regionally and nationally. At the same time, area

    residents have grown increasingly concerned about the impacts of local truck traffic on their

    quality of life. Given the needs of both businesses and residents, Volpe designed the Dundalk

    Area Truck Impact Study to identify primary truck-related issues among these groups and other

    interested parties, and to craft solutions that address their interests while being feasible for the

    City to pursue.

    After initial fact-finding and analysis, the Volpe team designed, conducted, and documented two

    working group sessions with active participation by leaders of key stakeholder groups (e.g.,

    BCDOT, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, Baltimore Development Corporation, Baltimore

    Industrial Group, Maryland Motor Truck Association, Port of Baltimore, and the Southeast

    Neighborhood Development Group). Participants in the working groups agreed on three main

    problem areas to address together, including: (1) noise, vibration and safety; (2) trucks in the

    wrong place/at the wrong time (enforcement); and (3) truck access for businesses. The Volpe

    Center then worked with participants to identify solutions, determine roles and responsibilities

    for implementation, and agree to immediate activities to build momentum for completing the

    work. This report describes the recommended solutions and outlines specific tasks, associated

    resource needs, and lead parties responsible for moving the effort forward. Recommendations

    for each of the three problem areas include:

    a) Noise, Vibration, and Safety: Quieter Brakes, Quieter Pavement, Fewer Trucks, and

    Speeding and Safety Analysis

    b) Trucks in the Wrong Place/at the Wrong Time: Better Enforcement, Publicize

    Restrictions and Preferred Routes, Better Information and Education, Define and

    Communicate Specific Truck Restriction Laws, and Use 311 to Identify Trends and Deploy


    c) Truck Access for Businesses: Targeted Infrastructure Improvements and Improved Signage.

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