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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The June 2015 edition of the American Planning Association (APAPlanning magazine highlighted the Missouri statewide freight plan, focusing in particular on the freight scenario planning methods used by the Missouri DOT. Read the full article to learn more about MoDOT’s scenario planning efforts.

This type of freight scenario planning was also highlighted in a pair of webinars conducted by the FHWA Freight Office and FHWA Planning office in July and September 2014. Check out the webinar presentation and the audio recording for more information.

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Uber for Freight?

June 2, 2015

Bloomberg News recently reported that Flexport is aiming to introduce an Uber-like service to the freight-forwarding and logistics business. Flexport connects customers with carriers, and software takes care of customs, tariffs and other logistics. A Web-based dashboard lets a U.S. importer comparison-shop by typing in variables — Port A on this day or Port B […]

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Big Data Changing Transportation in Iowa

May 19, 2015

Iowa DOT Secretary Paul Trombino recently talked to the Des Moines Business Record about freight data, supply chains, economic development, and how the state is using an innovative approach to advance Iowa’s economy.

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Innovative Infrastructure in the MAFC

April 1, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced $4.38 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration’s Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) demonstration program. Two MAFC states–Kansas and Minnesota–where among the grantees. Agency Amount Project Description Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) $1,000,000 KDOT will use its AID grant to offset the cost of a technology project known as […]

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States Look to Improve the Mississippi River System

March 16, 2015

With the ice is melting, many of the MAFC states are preparing for the 2015 navigation season. Two recent meetings brought together public and private stakeholders with an interest in improving maritime freight on the Mississippi River system. Upper Mississippi River System Ports, Terminals, and Operators Workshop The Upper Mississippi River System Ports, Terminals, and […]

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