TPP Border Crossing Travel Time Analysis
RJRA conducted the necessary planning for the development of short term improvements along all 26 border crossings between Texas and Mexico for the TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming (TPP) Division. RJRA developed and utilized GIS databases along with input derived from public officials to create recommendations for improvements. Constraint maps were developed for all of the bridges studied, including information on land use and property ownership. RJRA staff applied planning principals to develop a screening matrix in order to evaluate the conceptual layouts.
TPP Public Involvement
RJRA served as the public involvement task leader and main public involvement contact for the TPP Border Crossing Study. RJRA is currently working on public outreach in three TxDOT Districts: El Paso, Laredo, and Pharr as part of this effort. The study is evaluating all 26 Texas-Mexico border crossings in order to develop a list of short-term improvements for each bridge to present to TxDOT-TPP and the Border Trade Advisory Committee. RJRA is in charge of coordinating two Regional Technical Work Group Meetings for each district, has planned an introductory “kickoff meeting” for each district, and is in the process of coordinating and planning 30 individual stakeholder meetings with local agency representatives such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, local Metropolitan Planning Organizations, U.S. Department of Public Safety, and local bridge owners. RJRA staff also operates the TPP Border Crossing Hotline, a toll free bilingual hotline that enables the local communities along the Texas-Mexico border to contact the study team with any questions, comments, or suggestions they may have for any of the 26 border crossings. The RJRA team has also created a presentation about the Border Crossing Study for the TxDOT International Relations Office for their Joint Committee Meeting in Tampico, Mexico.
TPP Traffic Engineering
RJRA performed a travel time analysis for passenger and freight flows throughout the 26 Texas/Mexico International Border crossings. Based upon the travel time analysis of passenger cars and freight flow, the study identified and documented traffic congestion and operational deficiencies. RJRA collected traffic data at a total of 12 major international border crossings along the Texas/Mexico border: four bridges in the El Paso area, four in the Laredo area, and four in the Brownsville/Pharr/McAllen area. RJRA performed an operational analysis using CORSIM and SYNCHRO software to generate models of traffic flow at each of these 12 major international crossings. RJRA also conducted field reconnaissance work at each crossing.