MAFC White Paper_Truck ParkingA new white paper from the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) demonstrates strategies that can help meet the growing demand for truck parking.

In many cities, demand for truck parking spaces exceeds supply. These shortages jeopardize public safety when truckers resort to parking on highway ramps and shoulders, parking in unsecure areas, or violating rules around maximum hours of service.

The white paper examines the potential value of vacant urban parcels of land for truck parking. MAFC researchers established a methodology to identify potential parcels and examine whether they are suitable for parking. In the cities studied, the authors found that affordable, accessible parcels are available. Read more…

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Iowa DOT ‘s Freight Plan has been amended for FAST Act compliance.

Iowa DOT is the fifth state in the nation to have their FAST Act compliant State Freight Plan accepted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Iowa DOT’s original, MAP-21 compliant plan was amended for FAST Act and submitted to the FHWA in June. It was reviewed and accepted as including all required elements effective July 21, 2017.

Created with the input of interested stakeholders, particularly Iowa’s Freight Advisory Council (FAC), the freight plan is designed to connect and optimize numerous freight planning initiatives being conducted by the Mid-America Freight Coalition member. Additionally, it will guide the department’s investment decisions for maintaining and improving the state’s freight transportation system.

For more information about this plan, visit the Iowa DOT website

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UW-Madison Freight Researchers Helping Guide State Marine Transportation

January 27, 2017

Wisconsin’s marine freight system is a tremendous asset for both a strong economy as well as a healthy environment in the state. And research conducted through the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is helping multiple organizations and agencies target priority projects as they create and implement plans for the state’s freight infrastructure and economic development.

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Perry Testifies in Support of Continued Funding for HAP

December 16, 2016

MAFC Program Administrator, Ernest Perry, PhD, testified last week to members of the Assembly Transportation Committee for the State of Wisconsin in support of continued funding for the Harbor Assistance Program (HAP). In his statement, Perry emphasized a multiagency effort that has been taking place for over three years to to increase the freight and […]

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Minnesota’s Statewide Freight System Plan Released

November 29, 2016

The 2016 Statewide Freight System Plan was released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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CFIRE Completes Phase II of the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Study

November 7, 2016

Marine freight, ports, modal diversion, marine highways, OSOW, Great Lakes, Mississippi River

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