Wisconsin’s marine freight system is a tremendous asset for both a strong economy as well as a healthy environment in the state. And research conducted through the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is helping multiple organizations and agencies target priority projects as they create and implement plans for the state’s freight infrastructure and economic development.
The 2016 Statewide Freight System Plan was released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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.
Wisconsin 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.
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.
Mid-America Freight Coalition member, Iowa DOT, released Iowa’s first dedicated state freight plan.