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Urban Freight: Transitions and Opportunities, Dr. Anne Goodchild’s Presentation Available

The 2021 MAFC annual virtual meeting examines transitions and opportunities in urban freight movement, freight resiliency, freight technologies, and automation. Session one with Dr. Anne Goodchild, Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director, Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center at the University of Washington was held November 4th, and is available under the events tab.

Dr. Goodchild’s presentation is available at this link.

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Electric Freight

See the article below on experiences with electric trucks and follow the metrics on electric trucks operating today.

More than a dozen electric trucks will be measured over three weeks along their usual delivery routes to tally the amount of carbon they emit. This is part of a Run on Less program aimed at measuring efficiency in trucking that is a collaboration between the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and RMI. The article Truckers Lead the Charge to Go Electric can be found on the Run on Less website here: Runonless.com.

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Highway System Resiliency, HDOT Approach Worth Checking Out

Hawaii’s Department of Transportation (HDOT) progressive plan for a more resilient highway system has a lot to offer those considering an approach to climatic adaptation and mitigating natural hazard disasters. Considering the MAASTO region’s frequent work to mitigate natural hazard disasters, taking a look at Hawaii’s approach provides insights to asset and hazard identification, and plans for managing. Read a news brief and find links to HDOT plan documents and hazard viewer at this link to KITV website.

Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Accommodation in Work Zones

The University of Wisconsin at Madison under the FHWA Work Zone Safety Grant Program developed the Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Accommodation in Work Zones document as part of their Work Zone Design Series training. It provides information on how to consider accommodating and mitigating oversize and overweight vehicles in work zones. The Work Zone Designer Series: Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Accommodation in Work Zones document was recently posted in the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse and can be found at the following link: https://www.workzonesafety.org.


Insuring an $8 trillion industry?

Regarding progression towards autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, the question of who is driving and who is responsible in the case of a crash has so far been deftly sidestepped. Read “Placing Blame: Liability Questions Loom Over Autonomous Vehicles” on the Govtech.com website for a discussion about how insurance and liability will need to be addressed for more rapid and complete adoption of CAV technologies. A link to the article is: https://www.govtech.com/products/placing-blame-liability-questions-loom-over-autonomous-vehicles

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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 U.S. is struggling to keep up with growing demand, Brazil is rapidly investing in its national rail and marine systems to support agricultural exports. According to a recent report and corresponding USDA news release, “U.S. agricultural exports benefit the U.S. balance of trade and compete for market share in the global market. Brazil is one of the most important U.S. competitors in the world oilseeds market. Brazil’s competitiveness in the world market depends largely on its transportation infrastructure and cost” (ams.usda.gov). A summary of the recent report is available at the following link: Brazil Modal Share Analysis for Corn and Soybeans 2010-19.

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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 the amount and types of goods that moved on land, water and air between large metropolitan areas, states and regions for year 2017.

Updated FAF5 data is available for download from https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/freight_analysis/faf/.

(This message has been posted from FHWAFP LISTSERV email sent on behalf of Chip Millard, FHWA.)