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Will MAASTO states ag. products remain competitive in the global market?

The condition of United States multimodal facilities on local, state, and national levels is critical to regional economies including MAASTO states agricultural products which compete in the global market. Sales of U.S. agricultural products have remained competitive on a global scale due to historic advantages in transportation costs and efficiency. While transportation funding in the […]

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New Freight Benchmark Shows Value and Weight of Goods Moved on America’s Transportation Network Rose Over a Five-Year Period

The FAF version 5 (FAF5) public release notice was published on Friday, February 26, 2021. A full FAF data update occurs every five years in conjunction with the economic census. This release of FAF5 base year data is based on the recent 2017 commodity flow survey of shippers in the U.S. and provides information about […]

Interstate 70 Rocheport bridge over the Missouri River.

Rocheport Bridge – “the lynchpin of America” – will be replaced.

The current 1960s era bridge is an example of critical infrastructure that connects a majority of the U.S. (Source: https://www.modot.org/RocheportBridge.) With nearly 3.6 million trucks crossing the Missouri River at Rocheport each year, the bridge is critical to the national economy and nationwide movement of goods. MoDOT expects to begin construction on a new I-70 […]

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Corn Belt Ports on the Mississippi River gain federal recognition on principal U.S. ports list

Three new Port Statistical Areas in the tri-state area of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri made their debut on the principal U.S. ports list: the Illinois Waterway Ports and Terminals (ILWW), the Mid-America Port, and the Mississippi River Ports of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (MRPEIWI). Combined, the new Port Statistical Areas accounted for more than […]

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America’s Forgotten Marine Highway Network That Could Green Global Freight Transport

“The U.S. maritime industry has long been a neglected sector and has not received as much attention as transformation in road transport (e.g., electric and autonomous trucking) and air transport (e.g., the development of electric and autonomous cargo drones). The electric and autonomous shipping revolution is being driven primarily by China and Scandinavian countries. With […]

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MAFC has completed an Analysis of Surface Transportation Board Waybill Data for Freight Planning and Operations.

The objective of this study is to review the STB rail waybill data, analyze it, and examine the adequacy of the data for state freight rail planning and operations decision-making. The study reviews waybill data, focusing on aspects including accessibility, composition, quality, and usability of the data. It compares the waybill data against alternate databases, […]