States Look to Improve the Mississippi River System

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 […]

Port Planning and Investment Toolkit

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) recently released a Port Planning and Investment Toolkit. The Port Planning and Investment Toolkit is being built around modules on planning, funding and executing projects, with the goal of making navigating the best course of action to accomplish your goals easier and more user friendly than ever before. […]

CFP: America's Marine Highways

MARAD has released a call for projects (CFP) for America’s Marine Highways. Eligible projects should establish new or enhance existing Marine Highway services that reduce landside congestion and increase the use of domestic marine transportation. Proposed projects no longer have to have parallel landside routes. While all applications must be sponsored and submitted by public […]

APAA Applauds the Passing of WRRDA

After the passing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080, WRRDA) in both the House and the Senate, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is trumpeting full Congressional approval of the long-awaited and critically-needed water resources development legislation. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, applauded U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and […]

IDOT's Schoeben Named to MTSNAC

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), including Kevin Schoeben from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). MTSNAC is comprised of 29 members from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local entities, labor organizations, academics and environmental groups. Council […]

Lock and Dam 8 Site Visit

On February 11, 2014 MAFC Program Manager Ernie Perry and CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams joined the ASCE NW branch for a site visit of Lock and Dam 8 at Genoa, Wisconsin. This lock is currently undergoing renovation and is completely dewatered, allowing attendees a unique opportunity to see the maintenance on the lock’s miter gates, […]

National Maritime Strategy Symposium Announced

US Department of Transportation Washington, DC January 14-16, 2014 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites the public and other Marine Transportation System stakeholders to participate in a discussion intended to develop a robust national maritime strategy. The purpose of this public meeting is to gather ideas for improving the Nation’s cargo opportunities and sealift capacity while […]

M-29 Marine Highway Connector

The US Department of Transportation designated two new Marine Highways, one of which is in the MAFC region: M-29 Marine Highway Connector. The upper Missouri River is designated as the “M-29 Marine Highway Connector,” and is sponsored by the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri. It connects the upper Missouri River between Kansas City, Missouri, […]