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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 […]

Fall 2012 Freight Notes

The Fall 2012 edition of Freight Notes is now available for download. This issue contains articles and information about: Foreign trade zones The future of maritime freight The newly appointed MnDOT Commissioner The newly appointed head of the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations Transportation for America’s new MAP-21 guide The demand for wood pellets […]

Summer 2011 Freight Notes

The Summer 2011 edition of Freight Notes is now available.  This issue contains: Regulatory Uniformity in the North/ West Passage It’s time… Perry Joins CFIRE as MAFC Facilitator MAFC Outreach Materials Regional Freight Study: An Update Hart Joins CFIRE Staff Transportation Profiles for MAFC Commodities Performance Measures for Evaluating Multi-State Projects

Spring 2011 Freight Notes

The Spring 2011 edition of Freight Notes is now available. This issue contains: Ship Building on the Great Lakes Measuring Transportation Performance Regional Freight Study: Performance Measures Regional Freight Study: Key Industries Regional Freight Study: Communications Workshop: MAFC Outreach Materials Wisconsin’s Long-range Transportation Plan This edition of Freight Notes is also available as a print-friendly […]

Wisconsin's Long-range Transportation Plan

Officially adopted in 2009, Connections 2030 is the long-range transportation plan for Wisconsin. The plan addresses all forms of transportation; integrates transportation modes; and identifies policies and implementation priorities to aid transportation decision makers when evaluating program and project priorities over the next 20 years. Connections 2030 is a comprehensive transportation plan for moving people […]

Ship Building on the Great Lakes

In a recent issue of Freight Notes (No. 11), I reported comments made at a listening session sponsored by MARAD on the future of Great Lakes shipping. Some of those comments, which I said surprised me, questioned whether the shipbuilding industry on the Lakes had the capacity to build a new thousand-foot laker from scratch. […]

No Free Lunches

We all learned at a young age that there is no free lunch, but most Americans seem to have forgotten that simple truism when it comes to public spending on transportation infrastructure. A recent Rockefeller Foundation survey, which was republished in the AASHTO Journal, found that two-thirds of respondents felt that a greater investment is […]