Eight of the ten MAFC states–Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin–have been awarded a 2015 TIGER grant for a Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System.

TIGER 2015 Project Fact Sheets_0 17MAFC researchers supported this TIGER application with a synthesis of the literature and previous efforts to study, test, and implement a range of truck parking information systems across the United States and Europe. They will also participate in the Truck Parking Information Management work team, now established to provide coordination in support of implement of the grant.


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As part of the Mid-America Freight Coalition’s Freight Planning Innovation webinar series, the planning group of the Iowa Department of Transportation presented their work in developing Iowa’s freight improvement prioritization process. The planning team discussed the use of their VCAP (Value, Condition, and Performance) matrix to rank freight projects. The presentation was attended by about 20 DOT staff from across the MAFC region and was followed by a question-and-answer session about Iowa’s work.

The webinar was hosted by MAFC to support the sharing of freight planning innovations and best practices among the MAASTO states.  Future topics for Freight Planning Innovation webinars include a discussion on the recently-released National Freight Strategic Plan, and a working session on MAFC research efforts to better align and leverage state freight plans.

For more information, check out the recorded webinar and the Iowa DOT presentation.


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Perry to serve on M-35 Advisory Group

October 27, 2015

MAFC program manager Ernie Perry has been invited to serve on the Advisory Group for the  M-35 (Waterway of the Saints) Marine Highway. The Advisory Group consists of representatives from various stakeholder groups, including industry sectors, federal agencies, local governments, regional planning agencies, labor groups, academia, and environmental and flood control interests.  The representatives will serve in […]

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Great Laker: The 5 Keys to Strategic Port Planning

October 19, 2015

A recent issue of the Great Laker published an article by MAFC Program Manager Ernie Perry that was based on the results of Phase 1 of the Wisconsin Commercial Port Development Initiative (WCPDI) conducted by Perry and a CFIRE research team. This article outlined the five key elements for strategic port planning: Get everyone on board. Consider […]

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MAFC Extended through 2018

September 9, 2015

At the recent meeting of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO), the Executive Directors of the ten MAASTO states renewed the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) for an additional three years, through 2018. “It is an honor to work with the ten MAASTO states as they lead the country in freight innovation, policy, and programs,” says MAFC […]

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Trucking Parking Management Systems in the MAFC

July 1, 2015

MAFC researchers recently completed a synthesis report of trucking parking management systems (TPMS) in the Midwest. This report provides a review of the research on truck parking as well as pilot projects developed and implemented to assess truck parking systems. Read the report.

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