In the mid-continent transportation corridor, a study of electronic screening technologies found that benefit-to-cost ratios for motor carriers and state agencies range from 6.0:1 to 11.9:1.

8-12 November 1999
Mid-Continent Corridor,United States

Summary Information

The purpose of this conference paper was to quantify the benefits and costs associated with public and private deployment of ITS/CVO (Intelligent Transportation Systems and Commercial Vehicle Operations). The survey was limited to the states in the mid-continent transportation corridor along interstate highway IH-35 from Duluth, Minnesota to Laredo, Texas. Three ITS/CVO functions were analyzed during the study:
  • Electronic Credentialing
  • Electronic Screening
  • Electronic Border Screening

To evaluate the benefit-to-cost (B/C) ratios for each of these technologies three different growth scenarios (conservative, expected, and aggressive) were analyzed to account for future market penetration . These three scenarios were then evaluated against estimates of high and low deployment cost to account for large-scale as well as small-scale motor carriers.


Electronic Screening

Electronic Screening data was derived from 19 static scales. The following were evaluated: hours of operation, the number of trucks weighed, and the number of safety inspections performed (level I,II, or III).

Electronic Screening benefits for carriers included savings on fuel and time as carriers were able to bypass static-scales and reduce mainline delays. Benefits to states included reduced weigh station pavement repair costs and other labor savings. The deployment cost to motor carriers included the purchase of electronic transponders at a price of approximately $50 per vehicle. The cost to state agencies was much higher and included the purchase of automatic vehicle identification readers (AVI), weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales, and other equipment and maintenance at a cost of approximately 150,000 to 780,000 dollars per station.

The benefits of Electronic Screening exceeded the costs for both motor carriers and state agencies . The B/C levels were positive even at low truck volumes and low enforcement levels. The relative low cost of deployment contributed to the increased levels of benefits.

The B/C ratios for motor carriers and state agencies were combined to give the following overall results for Electronic Screening.

Market Penetration with Low-Cost Initial Deployment
B/C ratio
Conservative Growth
Expected Growth
Aggressive Growth

Market Penetration with High-Cost Initial Deployment
B/C ratio
Conservative Growth
Expected Growth
Aggressive Growth

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Analysis of a Multi-State Corridor Deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems for Commercial Vehicle Operations

Author: Maze, T. and C. Monsere

Published By: Paper presented at the 6th World Congress Conference on ITS, Toronto, Canada

Source Date: 8-12 November 1999


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