Author: Mid-America Freight Coalition

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How much will it cost to go electric?

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With the transition to electric passenger vehicles underway, there are still many unanswered questions regarding the environmental benefits and costs associated with the change.  Adding class 8 trucks to the transition amplifies many of the concerns.  Read about the estimated cost of creating the charging infrastructure for freight movement across U.S. freight corridors in this […]

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Detention again?!

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A recent article in Transport Topics announces an FMCSA study of detention delays for truck operators.  The time spent by truck operators spend in detention is defined as.“ the extra time truck drivers wait at shipping and receiving facilities due to delays not associated with the loading and unloading of cargo,” said a Feb. 16 FMCSA […]

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How about Hydrogen? Alternate Fuels Update.

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Hydrogen fueled vehicles have great potential in decreasing carbon emissions and fuel related environmental degradation. In terms of truck electrification, many sources suggest that hydrogen electric is the future, yet based on the passenger vehicle market the infrastructure and fuel of the future seems to be all-electric.  While there is no causal link between fuel […]

The Costs at the Canal!

Maritime News

The Panama Canal expansion was anticipated to induce changes in ports of call on the US Coasts. While the findings are still out of the consequences of the expansion on world and Midwest logistics, one thing that has changed is the price to transit the canal. Prior to the expansion of the canal the record transit cost […]

Public Perception and Fuel Taxes

Highway News Outreach Research

As transportation professionals, do you feel we see the transportation system a bit differently than the average person? Check out this report by the Mineta Institute on public perceptions of federal transportation funding, and a host of other topics. Please see the link below for more. https://transweb.sjsu.edu/research/2303-Transportation-Federal-Tax-Year14-Survey

Hazardous Materials and Rural Freight Corridors

Freight Notes Rail Regional Freight Plan Research

The movement of hazardous goods on rail and highways multiplies the potential consequences of any crash. Critical rail and highway corridors transect rural areas and crashes can result in impacts to low income or minority communities, natural resources, and the many smaller towns. Additionally in rural areas, emergency resources are less likely to be available, or […]

New Reports and Resources!

MAFC News Research TPIMS

Check out the MAFC “Resources” page for recent reports and TPIMS!  See: New Reports: MAFC 30: Preparing for Future Truck Operations: Fleet Electrification and Alternative Fuels MAFC 29: Maximizing State Marine Freight Planning TPIMS: MAFC TPIMS Archival Trucks Park Here

Fall River Woes

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Low water levels on the Mississippi River are slowing barge movements. To add to the frustration of the delays, there is an industry wide work force shortage, and the tow’s cost of operation continue and multiple with the delays.  Read the article at: https://www.farmprogress.com/harvest/its-disastrous-barge-captain-explains-transportation-woes-shallow-mississippi

Kansas Creates Multimodal Transportation and Innovation Division

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Kansas DOT is responding to changes in travel and freight movement to ensure their agency supports the existing and expected changes in transportation, communications, and IT technologies. Secretary Lorenz of Kansas DOT recently announced they are establishing the Multimodal Transportation and Innovation Division at KDOT. She added, this division, led by Cory Davis, will contain the Bureau of […]