Future Traffic Patterns and their Effect on U.S. Borders
02/01/09 11:47AM | Category: Borders

With increasing traffic volume along the U.S. border, there is constantly a need for port renovations, expansions, and new constructions, as well as technology advancements to maintain safe and efficient borders. REGAL continually visits border stations along the northern and southern U.S. border to ensure that the port is adequately sized and properly configured for projected future traffic volumes. REGAL is involved in every step of the process from collecting data and creating baseline experiments, to running simulations in their BorderWizard tool to determine what port expansions are required, and finally running analyses on proposed designs to test the implementation of any facility changes. The goal is to determine the most efficient port design, eliminating design flaws before costly construction begins.

REGAL is currently working with the General Services Administration (GSA) on several ports along the U.S. borders. In December 2008, analysts visited Van Buren, Maine to begin collecting data on port operations and create a baseline experiment. Analysts are also updating baseline experiments at International Falls, MN and at Convent Bridge in Laredo, TX to gather up-to-date processing data for more accurate and dependable results.

REGAL is currently performing design analyses on the Mariposa crossing in Nogales, AZ and on the Blue Water Bridge crossing in Port Huron, MI, and hopes to soon begin design analysis on the Columbus, NM border station. As part of the design analyses, a proposed port design is tested using simulation modeling in REGAL's BorderWizard software. BorderWizard allows users to model the infrastructure and define operating characteristics of a border station. BorderWizard's models are used to evaluate design and procedural changes, identify congestion within the port’s operation and estimate staffing requirements at the facility.

BorderWizard's results provide valuable information for GSA, planners and design firms. REGAL is able to project traffic patterns out to 2030, helping ports and border stations plan and prepare for the future.

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