Cost

Using data from Kentucky and Connecticut, the initial deployment of full CVISN electronic screening at a static scale site is $522,252. The cost of upgrading each additional site to full CVISN electronic screening is $303,540.

From the CVISN MDI Evaluation Report: Chapter 6 CVISN Cost Analysis - Electronic Screening


March 2002
Connecticut,United States; Kentucky,United States


Summary Information

Electronic screening can be performed at fixed sites (e.g., weigh stations) and mobile sites to confirm that transponder-equipped vehicles are safe, not over-weight, have appropriate credentials, or have not been placed out-of-service. Electronic screening systems enable enforcement personnel to identify high risk carriers, and approve compliant vehicles without requiring them to stop for manual inspection.

Electronic screening equipment at the roadside typically consists of automatic vehicle identification (AVI), weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales, signage, workstations, and roadside telecommunications. Kentucky estimated it would cost approximately $150,000 to deploy basic screening equipment (AVI, WIM, and electronic signs/loop detectors) at a single site, not including the cost of land, buildings, or fixed scales. Annual recurring costs associated with basic screening included $15,000 for equipment replacement, and $6,500 in operating costs (not including labor).

The majority of cost of electronic screening is borne by state agencies, and costs can vary greatly depending on the level of integration between roadside inspection facilities and the CVISN safety information exchange network. CVIEW (Commercial Vehicle Information Exchange Window) software, which supports CVISN using the SAFER data mailbox to exchange data between states, can account for a significant portion of initial start-up costs. The cost of full CVISN electronic screening (AVI, WIM, and vehicle safety data snapshot capability) is greatest during the initial deployment where software development is required to make the system compatible the unique characteristic of data collection in each state. The cost to equip additional sites will be substantially less since software development will not need to be repeated.

The following table provides the cost to add electronic screening to a fixed site currently equipped with static scales and the cost for each additional site. Basic screening equipment (AVI, WIM, and electronic signs/loop detectors) is $150,000 per site. Initial upgrade from basic to full CVISN (AVI, WIM, & snapshot capability) including software development is $372,252. Initial deployment of full CVISN electronic screening at a static scale site is $522,252. The cost of upgrading each additional site (fixed scale or basic screening) to full CVISN electronic screening is $303,540.


Cost Element
Cost for the First Site
Cost for Each Additional Site
AVI Reader
$15,000
$15,000
Scale, WIM, Mainline
$125,000
$125,000
Electronic Signs/Loop Detectors
$10,000
$10,000
Administrative/other
$27,000
Communication equipment
$123,000
$123,000
Consultant (software development)
$166,712
Interfaces
$25,000
Personal Computer (3 desktop)
$10,000
$10,000
Retrofit fixed weigh scale
$20,000
$20,000
Training, PC (3 persons)
$240
$240
Training, Info Technology (3 persons)
$300
$300
TOTAL
$522,252
$303,540

The annual O&M cost per CVISN electronic screening site is $217,646. The table bellows provides a breakdown of the O&M cost.

Cost ElementO&M Cost
Static scale equipment replacement, operating cost (phone, utilities, etc.) and labor (3 FTEs @ $41K per year)
$139,430
Roadside equipment replacement and maintenance
$21,500
Hardware replacement and maintenance
$56,716
TOTAL
$217,646

Notes:
States attempting to adapt or extrapolate costs information from this study should first account for any significant differences between their operating procedures, equipment, and data collection systems, and those used by states participating in this study.


System Cost Comments

No comments posted to date

Comment on this System Cost

To comment on this summary, fill in the information below and click on submit. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field. Your name and email address, if provided, will not be posted, but are to contact you, if needed to clarify your comments.



Source

Evaluation of the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Model Deployment Initiative: Volume I - Final Report

Author: Orban, John E., et al.

Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT

Prepared by Battelle and the Charles River Associates for the U.S. DOT

Source Date: March 2002

EDL Number: 13677

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/3197

System Cost

CVISN electronic screening at initial site: $522,525.

CVISN electronic screening at each additional site: $303,540.

Annual O&M cost per CVISN electronic screening site: $217,646.

Rating

Average User Rating

0 ( ratings)

Rate this System Cost

(click stars to rate)


Costs From This Source

Based on data from Maryland and Kentucky, the costs to deploy a CVISN electronic credentialing system ranges from $464,802 to $935,906.

Using data from Kentucky and Connecticut, statewide deployment of the safety information exchange system cost approximately $650,000.

Using data from Kentucky and Connecticut, the initial deployment of full CVISN electronic screening at a static scale site is $522,252. The cost of upgrading each additional site to full CVISN electronic screening is $303,540.

Benefits From This Source

An evaluation of CVISN technologies found that electronic credentialing enabled carriers to commission new vehicles 60 percent faster, and saved 60 to 75 percent on credentialing costs by reducing paperwork.

An evaluation of CVISN technologies found that electronic screening techniques that promote compliance with commercial vehicle safety inspections could prevent thousands of truck accidents each year.

CVO inspectors participating in CVISN focus groups felt that CVISN technology saved time, and improved the speed and accuracy of data reporting.

In Kentucky and Virginia, state overhead costs required to maintain motor carrier accounts were estimated to decrease 35 percent for each motor carrier participating in electronic credentialing.

Most truck drivers who participated in an evaluation of CVISN technology felt that electronic screening saved them time but lacked a set of standards governing inspection selection; motor carriers were concerned with the cost-effectiveness of the technology.

Cost ID: 2004-00058