The LA-Gateway FRATIS deployment centered around improved communications between trucking companies and intermodal terminals, the application of advanced algorithms to optimize truck routing and deliveries, and the provision of dynamic routing of trucks around congestion. The two primary private-sector participants in the Los Angeles FRATIS demonstration project were Yusen Terminals, Inc. (YTI), a Port of Los Angeles Terminal, and Port Logistics Group (PLG), a regional drayage fleet.
A major component of the project was the employment of a Drayage Optimization Algorithm which allowed for the participants to work together in a way which optimized the PLG truck deliveries and movements based on several key constraints (e.g., time of day, PierPass restrictions, terminal queue status, etc.). The optimization algorithm was applied during the preplanning dispatch stage to 50 trucks and drivers of PLG’s fleet through a TomTom in-vehicle tracking, traveler information and information exchange system. The trucks were then asked to follow the given optimized plan for that day, with hopes of achieving significant reductions of miles traveled, time spent, and fuel usage.
The project team documented key lessons learned, actions, and mitigation strategies throughout the life of the project in order to ensure successful completion of the pilot program and to help ensure the success of follow-on efforts.
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