MAFC Extended through 2018

by Steve Wagner on 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 Program Manager Ernie Perry. “The continuation of the Coalition reflects the leadership, interest, and desire to work cooperatively across the Mid-America region to improve freight transportation and the economy in the Midwest and across the United States.”

The Mid-America Freight Coalition is currently working on a bundle of four freight research projects, including a truck parking synthesis, a review of state freight plans with a view toward alignment and collaboration, an assessment of the cross-modal benefits of multimodal freight transportation investments, and a freight policy analysis of current and upcoming surface transportation legislation. These projects all focus on increased collaboration, sharing best practices, and leadership in regional and national freight program and policy development.

“States in the MAFC all have economies based on manufacturing and agriculture, two industries that depend heavily on reliable and efficient freight transport,” says Teresa Adams, a UW-Madison civil and environment engineering professor and executive director of the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE). “The MAFC is helping the states coordinate in ways that benefit the economies of each state and the region.”

In addition to these research projects, the Coalition is also coordinating its annual meeting in conjunction with the 2015 Conference on Freight, to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio in September 2015.

The Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) is a regional organization that cooperates in the planning, operation, preservation, and improvement of transportation infrastructure in the Midwest. The ten states of the AASHTO Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) share key interstate corridors, railways, intermodal connections, inland waterways, and the Great Lakes. The MAFC is funded by CFIRE and the DOTs of the ten member states.

For more information, contact Dr. Ernie Perry (

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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.

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