Podcast: Here's how ATRI identifies the worst freight bottlenecks in the U.S.

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Updated Mar 5, 2022
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Drive long enough in this country and you most likely will come upon some of the subjects of Rebecca Brewster's work.

She's the president and CEO of the American Transportation Research Institute, the nonprofit organization that each year publishes the list of the 100 worst freight bottlenecks in the U.S. These are the places where traffic slows down and generally stops, delaying -- and annoying -- truckers and four-wheelers alike.

As it has for the past three years, the intersection of Interstate 95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey tops this year's list. This is the crossing over the George Washington Bridge into New York City. Also on the list are no fewer than 14 freight bottlenecks in Texas, including 10 in the greater Houston area.

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ATRI's list of freight chokepoints has been around for 11 years but is more important than ever as the trucking industry and the rest of the nation wrestle with changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the burgeoning difficulties that have plagued the supply chain.

In this episode of the Truckers News podcast, Brester talks about how ATRI uses truck GPS data to compile this essential list, and how companies and individual truckers can use it to their advantage.

And, just FYI, here's the top 10 list from the ATRI report:

  1. Fort Lee: I-95 and SR 4
  2. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  3. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  4. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  5. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  6. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  7. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  8. Dallas: I-45 at I-30
  9. San Bernardino, California: I-10 at I-15
  10. Chattanooga, Tennessee: I-75 at I-24