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Management Systems for Inland Waterway Traf c Control Volume I Identi cation and Evaluation of Alternatives for Managing Lock Traf c on the Upper Mississippi River Final Report November 2005 Sponsored by University Transportation Centers Program U S Department of Transportation MTC Project 2004 03 Iowa State University s Center for Transportation Research and Education is the umbrella organization for the following centers and programs Bridge Engineering Center Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety Construction Management Technology Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program Iowa Traf c Safety Data Service Midwest Transportation Consortium National Concrete Pavement Technology Center Partnership for Geotechnical Advancement Roadway Infrastructure Management and Operations Systems Statewide Urban Design and Specifications Traffic Safety and Operations About the MTC The mission of the University Transportation Centers UTC program is to advance U S technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education research and technology transfer at university based centers of excellence The Midwest Transportation Consortium MTC is the UTC program regional center for Iowa Kansas Missouri and Nebraska Iowa State University through its Center for Transportation Research and Education CTRE is the MTC s lead institution Disclaimer Notice The contents of this report re ect the views of the authors who are responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the information presented herein The opinions ndings and conclusions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the sponsors The sponsors assume no liability for the contents or use of the information contained in this document This report does not constitute a standard speci cation or regulation The sponsors do not endorse products or manufacturers Trademarks or manufacturers names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the objective of the document Non discrimination Statement Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race color age religion national origin sexual orientation gender identity sex marital status disability or status as a U S veteran Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity 515 294 7612 Technical Report Documentation Page 1 Report No MTC Project 2004 03 2 Government Accession No 3 Recipient s Catalog No 4 Title and Subtitle Management Systems for Inland Waterway Traffic Control Volume I Identification and Evaluation of Alternatives for Managing Lock Traffic on the Upper Mississippi River 5 Report Date November 2005 7 Author s Ray A Mundy James F Campbell 8 Performing Organization Report No 9 Performing Organization Name and Address Center for Transportation Research and Education Iowa State University 2901 South Loop Drive Suite 3100 Ames IA 50010 8634 10 Work Unit No TRAIS 12 Sponsoring Organization Name and Address U S Department of Transportation Research and Special Program Administration 400 7th Street SW Washington DC 20590 0001 6 Performing Organization Code 11 Contract or Grant No 13 Type of Report and Period Covered Final Report 14 Sponsoring Agency Code 15 Supplementary Notes Visit www ctre iastate edu for color PDF files of this and other research reports 16 Abstract Periodic congestion of the locks in the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway negatively impacts inland waterway transport Previous investigation of an appointment system among other low cost measures did not result in an acceptable resolution of the traffic issue Responding to the continued need to improve management and reduce the operational costs of inland water transportation this research project examines and evaluates alternative traffic management policies for implementation on the Upper Mississippi River UMR portion of the inland navigation system To determine impact on lockage times and transit times statistical analysis was conducted on different types of vessels using the system different lockages required night or day movements and river flow characteristics Based on this data a discrete event simulation model was created and is presented as a tool for investigating traffic changes explicitly incorporating seasonal and interdependent demands Research results reveal that current low commercial traffic levels on the UMR system do not warrant implementing an alternative traffic management policy benefits relative to cost and market disruptions are not sufficient However implementing a vessel tracking system may incur benefits of increasing homeland security improving navigation safety and protecting environmentally sensitive river habitats Volume II research results of a companion project investigating these possibilities focuses on using vessel tracking with geographic positioning systems to improve operations and to enhance safety security and environmental protection of the UMR system 17 Key Words inland waterway transportation management Upper Mississippi River system lock appointment systems tow re sequencing complete vessel scheduling discrete event model simulation seasonal and interdependent traffic demands homeland security 18 Distribution Statement No restrictions 19 Security Classification of this report Unclassified 21 No of Pages 22 Price 105 NA Form DOT F 1700 7 8 72 20 Security Classification of this page Unclassified Reproduction of completed page authorized MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR INLAND WATERWAY TRAFFIC CONTROL VOLUME I IDENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVES FOR MANAGING LOCK TRAFFIC ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER Final Report November 2005 Principal Investigator Ray A Mundy Director Center for Transportation Studies Professor College of Business Administration University of Missouri St Louis Co Principal Investigator James F Campbell Professor College of Business Administration University of Missouri St Louis Faculty Research Associates Robert M Nauss College of Business Administration UM St Louis Daniel L Rust Center for Transportation Studies UM St Louis L Douglas Smith College of Business Administration UM St Louis Donald C Sweeney Center for Transportation Studies College of Business Administration and College of Arts and Sciences UM St Louis Research Assistants William E Winter Public Policy Center UM St Louis Denise M Franke Amrita Sinha and David A Long Center for Transportation Studies UM St Louis Authors Ray A Mundy and James


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