MAFC Extended through 2018

At the recent meeting of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO), the Executive Directors of the ten MAASTO states renewed the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) for an additional three years, through 2018. “It is an honor to work with the ten MAASTO states as they lead the country in freight innovation, policy, and programs,” says MAFC […]

Freight Scenario Planning in Missouri

The June 2015 edition of the American Planning Association (APA) Planning 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 […]

Uber for Freight?

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 […]

Innovative Infrastructure in the MAFC

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 […]

Beyond Traffic 2045

US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently unveiled Beyond Traffic: …a new forward-looking analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation outlining  the trends that are likely to  shape the needs of our transportation system over the next three decades. Beyond Traffic is offered to the public as a draft to ignite a national conversation about the […]

MAFC Program Manager to Serve on Wisconsin FAC

CFIRE researcher Ernie Perry has been invited by Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb to serve as a representative on the newly formed Wisconsin Freight Advisory Committee (FAC). Perry also serves as the program manager of the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC). Dr. Perry will serve a two-year term with approximately 30 other voting representatives from the industry, […]

TSI Confirmed as Economic Indicator

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) recently released a new technical report, Transportation Services Index and the Economy—Revisited, that confirms that the Transportation Services Indexes (TSIs) both lead the economy, though in different ways. BTS extended the TSI back to 1979, examining five re­cessions and numerous growth cycles. “When the accelerations and decelera­tions of the freight […]