Trucking and size and weight regulations in the mid-continent corridor

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Montufar, Isolde Jeannette
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This thesis is an empirical analysis of trucking and truck size and weight (TS&W) regulations in the Mid-continent corridor. Based on this analysis, it compares and contrasts plausible near term TS&W policy options relating to this corridor. The approach of the research is to understand the corridor's TS&W regulations, trucking activity, and commodity and trade flows; with a view to facilitating the comparing and contrasting of TS&W policy options. With this understanding, the thesis then compares and contrasts the TS&W policy options. The corridor is governed by a complex set of TS&W regulations emanating directly from the U.S. Federal Government, the nine corridor States, Mexico, Manitoba, and indirectly from other jurisdictions throughout North America. These TS&W regulations have created a complex truck fleet with many different physical and operational characteristics. The total activity in the corridor is dominated by intrajurisdictional movements. However, while the corridor is often characterized as a north-south entity, much of its transportation activity in fact runs east-west to and from or through the corridor States. Also, the amount of interstate trucking that occurs within the corridor is minimal and very little north-south interjurisdictional activity takes place to and from the corridor. Much of the trucking in this corridor takes place well within the boundary conditions established by the TS&W regulations governing trucking in the corridor. Therefore, relaxation of these regulations can only be of real consequence in the near to medium term to mainly selected aspects of the total trucking activity. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)