Port of Oakland seaport technology program being deployed in California has an estimated benefit-to-cost ratio of 6.2 to 1.
Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) program at the Port of Oakland will help reduce truck wait times and provide a safer and more secure maritime area.
Date Posted

2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program - GoPort Freight Intelligent Transportation System Project

Summary Information

The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), in partnership with the City of Oakland and the Port of Oakland (Port), is implementing a Global Opportunities at the Port of Oakland (GoPort) Program. This comprehensive transportation technology and congestion management project, known as the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS), will involve the use of intelligent transportation systems, advanced technology, and innovation to improve operations of arterial roadways in the Port environment and provide truck-specific regional traveler information dissemination to and from the Port.

FITS improvements will include the implementation of transportation technologies such as changeable message signs, camera surveillance, fiber and WiFi communications, a joint traffic management center/emergency operations center, traffic signal enhancements, vehicle and queue detection, train detection system, weigh-in-motion technology, GoPort Freight ITS information system/application and a basic smart parking system. These innovative strategies will address the significant increase in intermodal railyard demand and daily truck and intermodal trips the Port is expected to experience from substantial growth in import and export volumes.

All projects are scheduled to be completed by late 2021, followed by 12 months of systems testing. The project is expected to go live in late 2022.

An analysis was conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the FITS project from a cost effectiveness perspective. The analysis provided estimates for benefits of the FITS project in terms of travel time savings, vehicle operating cost savings, accident cost savings, and emission cost savings. The Caltrans Life-Cycle Benefit- Cost Analysis Model (Cal-B/C) Version 6.2 was utilized for the analysis. The benefit-to-cost analysis also was informed by additional inputs from:

  • Port truck data and forecasts from the Traffic Operations Analysis Report prepared for the 7th Street
  • Grade Separation and Port Arterial Improvements Project (GoPort program)
  • Port truck travel distances from the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF4)
  • Vendor cost estimates for equipment, installation and warranty of individual Freight ITS system elements
  • Operations and maintenance costs and useful life information from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) ITS Cost Database
  • Accident data from California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) database
  • Statewide average accident rates from Caltrans' 2014 Collision Data on California State Highways report.

The analysis resulted in an estimated $260.5 million in monetary benefits (detailed in the table below). With the project's estimated 20-year life-cycle cost of $41.8 million, a benefit-to-cost ratio of 6.2 was calculated (260.4/41.8).

TMS Improvement Type Travel Time Vehicle
Operating Costs
Accidents Emissions Total Benefit
Traveler Information $73.1 M $70.5 M $0 M $8.6 M $152.3 M
Incident Management $38.7 M $9.8 M $39.6 M $1.4 M $89.4
Arterial Signal Coordination $16.1 M $2.3 M $(0.1) M $0.4 M $18.7 M
Total $127.9 M $82.6 M $39.5 M $10.4 M $260.4 M
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