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MAFC Annual Meeting Update

Join MAFC in Des Moines, Iowa, at the MAASTO Annual meeting to talk freight! Session topics include freight vehicle electrification, freight corridor resiliency, soy and ag transport, FACs, and a MAFC working session. 

After 3-years of virtual meetings, the group is looking forward to meeting face to face and we hope you will join us in De Moines.

Meeting registration can be found at:

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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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Materials from 2019 Annual Meeting Available

MAFC technical representatives from 10 member states met in Indianapolis, Indiana for the MAFC 2019 Annual Meeting. The meeting was held August 12-14 in conjunction with the MAASTO 2019 conference. Freight topics included vehicle platooning, truck parking and TPIMS, marine freight planning and impacts, blockchain and new technology for freight payments, and connected and automated vehicles.

MAFC attendees held their annual dinner and meeting at nearby Big Woods Speedway, and toured the FedEx Express hub.

To view and download slides and other materials, view the web page for this event.

Materials from 2018 Annual Meeting Available for Download

In August, the MAFC technical representatives from the 10 member states met in Traverse City, Michigan for the 2018 MAFC Annual Meeting. This meeting was held in conjunction with the MAASTO 2018 conference, which dedicated a track to freight topics throughout the two-day event. The content for the breakout sessions in this track was driven by MAFC members.

Freight topics included truck parking and TPIMS, shortline rail, marine freight planning, freight funding, and freight customer service.

The MAFC attendees held their annual dinner and meeting at nearby Black Star Farms on Tuesday, August 28th.

To download slides and other materials, view the web page for this event.

Save the Date for the 2016 MAFC Meeting

The 2016 MAFC Meeting will be held in conjunction with the MAASTO Annual Meeting August 8-11, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN.

MAFC sessions will focus on:

  • Freight planning and freight investment plans
  • Freight corridors and gateways
  • Truck parking
  • How changes in multimodal freight operations impact transportation systems and policy

To register, visit:

For more information, contact Ernie Perry, PhD, MAFC Program Manager at

Now Available: MAFC Freight Innovations Iowa DOT Presentation

As part of the Mid-America Freight Coalition’s Freight Planning Innovation webinar series, the planning group of the Iowa Department of Transportation presented their work in developing Iowa’s freight improvement prioritization process. The planning team discussed the use of their VCAP (Value, Condition, and Performance) matrix to rank freight projects. The presentation was attended by about 20 DOT staff from across the MAFC region and was followed by a question-and-answer session about Iowa’s work.

The webinar was hosted by MAFC to support the sharing of freight planning innovations and best practices among the MAASTO states.  Future topics for Freight Planning Innovation webinars include a discussion on the recently-released National Freight Strategic Plan, and a working session on MAFC research efforts to better align and leverage state freight plans.

For more information, check out the recorded webinar and the Iowa DOT presentation.