Traffic Increases by the Numbers

By The Bakken magazine staff | July 22, 2014

North Dakota led the nation in diesel passenger vehicle (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans) growth in 2013 with a 24.12 percent increase. Following were the District of Columbia with 15.94 percent and Illinois with a 13.62 percent increase.

“Consumers have an ever-growing number of choices for more fuel-efficient vehicles and this analysis shows that clean diesels are gaining in popularity all across the nation,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum.
Data that included the registration statistics of all passenger vehicles was compiled by R.L. Polk and Co.

According to the study, North Dakota tied for third with California in fastest growth in diesel cars and SUVs at 11.35 percent and came in fifth in the nation for an increase in highest percentage of diesel passenger vehicles with a 6.4 increase from 2012-'13.

The increase in diesel vehicles in the state solidifies an increase in infrastructure to support the high volume of traffic the Williston Basin has seen over the past couple of years. 

Earlier this year, the North Dakota Department of Transportation released its State Freight Plan in an effort to promote safe, secure, sustainable and reliable freight mobility.

The plan outlines a strategically developed transportation system that is necessary for North Dakota businesses to participate in the global economy. The primary emphasis will be on highways followed by emphasis on railroad, pipeline transload and air cargo freight facilities.

The plan outlined the need for stronger communication after the state saw an increase in train volume, in airline freight and a 22.4 percent increase in daily truck vehicle miles traveled from 2000-'12.

Implementation of the freight plan will consist of four components: infrastructure projects that eliminate freight bottlenecks and delays; new or modified operational strategies; planning and feasibility studies; and, the application of innovative technologies to improve the safe, secure, and efficient movement of freight.

The plan will not only create more infrastructure to meet the transportation needs, but will also create more job opportunities within the state.

In January, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the N.D. DOT Director Grant Levi appointed Dave Leftwich as a liaison to work with officials in Western North Dakota to help meet the transportation needs in the state’s oil and gas region.

“With the increase in traffic and transportation needs, it is imperative to work closely with local units of government,” said Levi.