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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis

Title: South Dakota ITS/CVO Business Plan
Project Researcher: Cathy Erickson, Cambridge Systematics, Inc
Project Manager: Dave Huft
Research Period: 3/1/1997 - 2/28/1998
Cost: $55,000.00

Problem Statement: South Dakota's well-being depends on safe and efficient motor carrier operations. Trucks move over 90% of the state's commodities, and two-thirds of its communities rely solely on trucking to deliver their goods. Several state agencies, including the Department of Revenue, the Department of Commerce, the Highway Patrol, the Public Utilities Commission, and the Department of Transportation share responsibility for regulating the motor carrier industry with the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Motor Carriers.

Both industry and regulatory agencies face significant challenges from increased competition, rising costs, and limited resources. To remain competitive, industry must operate as efficiently as possible, with minimal delays from regulatory and enforcement activities. At the same time, public agencies must ensure safe and financially responsible motor carrier operations, with fixed or declining funding and staff levels.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology potentially holds solutions to these challenges. Appropriate use of information processing and communications can help improve safety, streamline administration of credentials and taxation, reduce congestion costs for motor carriers, and ensure regulatory compliance and equitable treatment of motor carriers. This potential cannot be realized unless ITS deployment is well coordinated, both within the state and with other states in the region and nation. South Dakota is involved in some operational tests, including the Midwest Electronic One-Stop System (which allows motor carriers to obtain credentials for several states from within their own state) and the Advanced Transportation Weather Information System (which provides road and weather information to general and commercial travelers). The state is also exploring automated routing of oversize/overweight loads and participation in the Commercial Vehicle Information System (CVIS), which ties vehicle registration to safety. These efforts have not yet been coordinated within a comprehensive business plan, however. Furthermore, other project needs have not yet been identified. South Dakota needs an ITS/CVO Business Plan to guide deployment of ITS technology to improve commercial vehicle operations.


Research Objectives:
1  To describe South Dakota's current CVO environment, including motor carrier regulatory processes and procedures, agency roles and responsibilities, economic and political factors, major issues and opportunities for improvement.
2  To develop a strategic overview, including a mission statement, guiding principles, goals and objectives for South Dakota's ITS/CVO program.
3  To propose a coordinated program of ITS/CVO projects that will improve safety assurance, credentials administration, electronic screening and motor carrier operations in South Dakota.
4  To define an organizational and management framework for accomplishing the ITS/CVO program, including: roles and responsibilities of public and private stakeholders; scheduling, duration and sequencing of projects; anticipated funding levels and sour
5  To develop materials that will effectively communicate findings to representatives of state government and the trucking industry in South Dakota.

Research Tasks:
1  Meet with the project's technical panel to review the work plan and begin establishing a strategic overview for South Dakota's ITS/CVO program.
2  Collect data from stakeholders, including state and federal agencies, the motor carrier industry, and licensing agents to identify processes, procedures, responsibilities, problems, institutional barriers, needs and opportunities of South Dakota's cu
3  Through interviews and reviews of other states' and regions' business plans, identify and evaluate strategies, best practices, and program components applicable to South Dakota.
4  Prepare and present to the project's technical panel a technical memorandum that documents South Dakota's current CVO program and proposes a strategic direction for the state's future ITS/CVO program.
5  Upon the technical panel's approval of Task 4, define current and future projects to develop, test and deploy specific ITS/CVO products and services. Definitions should address goals and objectives, desired outcomes, project locations, technical appr
6  Prepare a final report and executive summary of the literature review, research methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The final report is to be the ITS/CVO business plan.
7  Prepare and make executive presentations to the SDDOT Research Review Board and to representatives of stakeholder organizations at the conclusion of the project. (Presentation materials will be retained by SDDOT for subsequent presentations to other

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