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As directed by the FAST act, states and, in certain cases, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, are responsible for designating public roads as Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) and Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs). The MAFC has completed a survey of member states for this purpose and is working on a report based on the findings. The survey data is available for download here.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) directed the FHWA Administrator to establish a National Highway Freight Network to strategically direct Federal resources and policies toward improved performance of highway portions of the U.S. freight transportation system. Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) are public roads not in urbanized areas that provide access and connection to the Primary Highway Freight System and the Interstate with other important ports, public transportation facilities, or other intermodal freight facilities. Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs) are public roads in urbanized areas which provide access and connection to these same facilities.

MAFC Survey Results regarding state designation of CRFCs and CUFCs

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State Freight Plan Draft CoverWisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is holding five meetings throughout the state in order to share information and collect input on the draft State Freight Plan. The plan was released at the end of September and can be downloaded from the WisDOT website. The public comment period ends on November 14th.

People interested in attending these meetings and receiving updates on the plan can subscribe to the email list via a form on the WisDOT website at: wisconsindot.gov.

According to the WisDOT website, the State Freight Plan includes five key elements:

  1. Linking transportation investments to economic development activities
  2. Placing Wisconsin within a national and global context
  3. Engaging and reflecting the interests of a wide array of freight stakeholders
  4. Implementation – from planning to project development to programming
  5. Performance measures and management

The plan will play an important role in guiding the future of freight planning, funding, and infrastructure for Wisconsin.

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Keynote Presentation Highlights Success of the Freight Plan Alignment Project

August 2, 2016

In his keynote address at the Ohio Planning Conference, Ernest Perry, PhD, discusses 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.

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Iowa State Freight Plan Finalized

August 1, 2016

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

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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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