MAFC has completed a Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) Regional Truck Parking Inventory project for the MAASTO Motor Carriers Committee and the Standing Committee on Highway Transport examining and mapping truck parking availability, parking amenities, and lot information. The report summarizes public parking for over size over weight (OSOW) and standard trucks […]
California will allow the testing and commercial use of light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on the state’s public roads, and residents could soon receive deliveries from an autonomous vehicle. In developing and adopting this rule-making, the DMV followed the same approach used for past AV regulations packages, including a public workshop and hearing. DMV Director Steve […]
Comments due February 10, 2020 on the NFSP. The request for comment includes specific questions about how the plan should address several industry and agency policy issues. Access the federal register request link here.
Collaboration in development of freight operations, policy, and infrastructure across the MAASTO states has proven beneficial for agencies and freight stakeholders. High levels of the multi-state collaboration exhibited by the MAASTO states is also imperative to support successful adoption of CAV across the region. The executive summary of the October CAV summit, held in Madison, WI […]
Two recent articles demonstrate how autonomous vehicle technologies are beginning to penetrate goods delivery. Developments in the technologies and the potential for autonomous freight movement, introduce a host of possibilities and questions – What does adoption of new technologies mean to safety, jobs, customer satisfaction, equity and access, reliability of technologies, and environmental benefits? Links […]
A 43-page report issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on October 17 examines whether a federal vehicle miles traveled or VMT tax on commercial trucks can help sustain the Highway Trust Fund, which the CBO projects will be “exhausted” of funding by 2022. Read the AASHTO article at this link. Access the 43-page report on the Congressional […]
MAFC technical representatives from 10 member states met in Indianapolis, Indiana for the MAFC 2019 Annual Meeting. The meeting was held August 12-14 in conjunction with the MAASTO 2019 conference. Freight topics included vehicle platooning, truck parking and TPIMS, marine freight planning and impacts, blockchain and new technology for freight payments, and connected and automated vehicles. […]
“The lack of available truck parking rounds out the top five issues but ranks third among commercial driver respondents after compensation and HOS rules.” Click here to read the full article on the Transport Topics website.
A Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC) publication reported on a study titled Cognitive Underpinnings of Beliefs and Confidence in Beliefs about Fully Automated Vehicles which investigated the cognitive underpinnings of consumers’ beliefs and confidence in their beliefs about fully automated vehicles. Following previous research, opinions about self-driving cars tended to be mixed. The most negative views were held […]
Article on FreightWaves 2019-09-04 Hurricane Dorian’s approach upward along the U.S. Southeast coast will shutter maritime and rail assets throughout the region during the week. Dorian was located just 100 miles off the Florida coast as of Monday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center, and was stationary just off Freeport, Bahamas. It was downgraded […]