MAFC Program Administrator, Ernest Perry, PhD gave the keynote at the Ohio Planning Conference in July 2016.

MAFC Program Administrator, Ernest Perry, PhD, gave the keynote at the Ohio Planning Conference.

States responsible for a significant portion of the nation’s freight traffic generated many benefits when they worked together to meet the national freight planning requirements of the FAST Act. In his keynote address at the Ohio Planning Conference, Ernest Perry, PhD, discussed how Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) states are sharing best practices, working to align efforts, and provide regional and national leadership in collaborative freight development. In his morning address on July 27 in Columbus, Ohio, Perry, MAFC Program Administrator and Facilitator, spoke about the work that the coalition does to support its members as they pursue local, state and national goals and, most recently, to create freight plans for their states.

The MAFC Freight Plan Alignment Project was initiated to create a catalog of the freight planning practices, enabling each state to look across the border and see how their peers plan for freight and create freight networks. This effort made visible all of the processes, data, and organization surrounding freight planning efforts in departments of transportation across the MAASTO region. The final report is now available for download here. Read more…

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Iowa DOT has finalized their state freight plan.

Last week, Mid-America Freight Coalition member, Iowa DOT, released Iowa’s first dedicated state freight plan.

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 Iowa DOT. 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 or read the press release.

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MAFC’s Mark Locker to Serve Additional Term on MTSNAC Committee

July 12, 2016

Mid-America Freight Coalition technical contact, Mark Locker of the Ohio Department of Transportation, was asked to serve on the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) committee for two more years.

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Save the Date for the 2016 MAFC Meeting

June 22, 2016

The 2016 MAFC Meeting will be held in conjuction with the MAASTO Annual Meeting August 8-11, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. MAFC sessions will focus on: Freight planning and freight investment plans Freight corridors and gateways Truck parking How changes in multimodal freight operations impact transportation systems and policy To register, visit: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/maasto2016/ For more information, contact Ernie Perry, PhD, MAFC Program Manager at ebperry@wisc.edu. […]

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Iowa and Kentucky Unveil State Freight Plans

June 21, 2016

Two Mid-America Freight Coalition member states have completed their freight plans and are working to finalize them in July. The Iowa DOT and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have draft plans available on their websites. Kentucky The 2016 Kentucky Statewide Freight Plan and Executive Summary is available for review and comment through the end of June. […]

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Iowa State Freight Plan Draft Ready for Review

May 23, 2016

Mid-America Freight Coalition member, Iowa DOT, has completed their draft freight plan. It has been posted on their website and is available for download and comment. The plan is designed to connect and optimize numerous freight planning initiatives being conducted by the Iowa DOT. Additionally, it will guide Iowa DOT’s investment decisions for maintaining and […]

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