Port Development Strategies: Learning from the Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

March 21, 2016

Introduction By: Aaron Jermier, Ernie Perry, Ben Zietlow, Teresa Adams The MAFC region contains 5,610 miles (22.2% of U.S. total) of navigable inland waterways and is the largest user of the Great Lakes to move freight. Every MAFC state has direct water access to world markets via the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and […]

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J-Turn Intersections

January 27, 2016

MAFC researchers recently completed a short whitepaper entitled Benefits and Limitations of J-Turn Intersections. This report provides a review of the safety and operational dimensions, including benefits and limitations, of J-turn intersection designs. Special accommodations and limitations of J-turn intersections for trucks, buses, and oversize/overweight (OSOW) vehicles. Read the whitepaper.

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Eight MAFC States Awarded 2015 TIGER Grant

November 5, 2015

Eight of the ten MAFC states–Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin–have been awarded a 2015 TIGER grant for a Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System. MAFC researchers supported this TIGER application with a synthesis of the literature and previous efforts to study, test, and implement a range of truck parking information systems […]

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Now Available: MAFC Freight Innovations Iowa DOT Presentation

November 4, 2015

As part of the Mid-America Freight Coalition’s Freight Planning Innovation webinar series, the planning group of the Iowa Department of Transportation presented their work in developing Iowa’s freight improvement prioritization process. The planning team discussed the use of their VCAP (Value, Condition, and Performance) matrix to rank freight projects. The presentation was attended by about […]

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Perry to serve on M-35 Advisory Group

October 27, 2015

MAFC program manager Ernie Perry has been invited to serve on the Advisory Group for the  M-35 (Waterway of the Saints) Marine Highway. The Advisory Group consists of representatives from various stakeholder groups, including industry sectors, federal agencies, local governments, regional planning agencies, labor groups, academia, and environmental and flood control interests.  The representatives will serve in […]

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Great Laker: The 5 Keys to Strategic Port Planning

October 19, 2015

A recent issue of the Great Laker published an article by MAFC Program Manager Ernie Perry that was based on the results of Phase 1 of the Wisconsin Commercial Port Development Initiative (WCPDI) conducted by Perry and a CFIRE research team. This article outlined the five key elements for strategic port planning: Get everyone on board. Consider […]

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