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This document is a compendium of motor carrier projects in progress (as of August 1998) and completed by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University. Each entry includes project title, investigator, and a brief description.

This study examined LTL carriers in the mountain-plains region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Many rural communities rely on the LTL industry for freight movements in and out of the region. The level of LTL service in the mountain-plains region is unknown in a post regulated environment.

Truck Costs for Owner/Operators (Sep 1997, MPC-97-81)

Differences that exist among truck configurations, trip and product characteristics, and input prices influence costs for individual owner/operators. Economic developers need truck cost estimates to compare transportation modes and accurately estimate transportation costs. Owner/operators and users of...

The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) provides funds for states to conduct various safety activities including roadside inspections of commercial vehicles and compliance reviews of motor carriers. In addition, the Secretary of Transportation has been directed by the Intermodal Surface Transportation...

The purpose of this project is to provide state Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) personnel with a sufficient understanding of a performance-based system to begin implementing it in their state programs.

This paper estimates railroad and truck shipment costs for several major commodities and illustrates how public data and analytic tools can be used to analyze multimodal trade-offs and efficiencies.

The Inspection Selection System (ISS) was developed as part of the ASPEN roadside inspection software system, in response to a 1995 Congressional mandate calling for the use of prior carrier safety data to guide the selection of vehicles and drivers for roadside inspections. The ASPEN system includes...

This paper summarizes the results of a study on direct assessment of rural user needs. The objective of the study was to assess rural road users and providers perception of rural road needs. Different rural road user groups were identified to obtain a representative sample of perceptions. Users groups...

The general objective of this project is to establish a better undertanding of how state agencies responsible for carrying out the program and the motor carrier industry relate to the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP).

Transportation fulfills three major roles in a developed economy. First, it is an enabler that allows an economy to develop. Second, it is a facilitator of competition for producers throughout broad area. And finally, transportation is a component of the Gross National Product. The motor carrier industry...

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