MAFC Releases Report Looking at the Impact of Upper Mississippi River Lock and Dam Shutdowns on State Highway Infrastructure

The Mississippi River is a critical corridor for transportation of agricultural products and, in turn, is critical to the economies of the states that utilize the river to transport these trade goods. The report assesses the total impact of lock and dam closures along the Upper Mississippi River and then demonstrates how the cost the closures, or improvements designed to mitigate their impact on the highway side, compare with the cost of improving Upper Mississippi River control structures.

Eight MAFC States Awarded 2015 TIGER Grant

Eight of the ten MAFC states–Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin–have been awarded a 2015 TIGER grant for a Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System. MAFC researchers supported this TIGER application with a synthesis of the literature and previous efforts to study, test, and implement a range of truck parking information systems […]

Beyond Traffic 2045

US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently unveiled Beyond Traffic: …a new forward-looking analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation outlining  the trends that are likely to  shape the needs of our transportation system over the next three decades. Beyond Traffic is offered to the public as a draft to ignite a national conversation about the […]

Port Planning and Investment Toolkit

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) recently released a Port Planning and Investment Toolkit. The Port Planning and Investment Toolkit is being built around modules on planning, funding and executing projects, with the goal of making navigating the best course of action to accomplish your goals easier and more user friendly than ever before. […]

GAO Report Calls for Focus on Congestion Impacts

The General Accountability Office recently released a report that reviewed trends in freight flows and any related traffic congestion impacts. This report makes two recommendations for the US Department of Transportation: In order to clarify the federal role related to freight-related local traffic congestion, in implementing MAP-21 and any subsequent reauthorization, in its final guidance […]

NFAC Recommendations to Improve the National Freight System

The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) has released 81 recommendations aimed at improving the national freight system. The 81 recommendations made by NFAC, now under review by the Department, include suggestions to improve safety and security across the freight rail network, highlight funding needs and challenges, and call for increased streamlining processes and better collection […]

Rebuilding America

The White House recently released a report on transportation infrastructure investment, as well as a plan for increased investments to help rebuild the US transportation infrastructure. As part of this effort to spur Congress to reauthorize transportation funding by September 30, the White House also provided two interactive maps–one for roads and one for bridges. […]

CFP: America's Marine Highways

MARAD has released a call for projects (CFP) for America’s Marine Highways. Eligible projects should establish new or enhance existing Marine Highway services that reduce landside congestion and increase the use of domestic marine transportation. Proposed projects no longer have to have parallel landside routes. While all applications must be sponsored and submitted by public […]

PNRS MAP-21 Section 1120 Survey

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosted a webinar on June 3, 2014, to discuss MAP-21’s amendments to the Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) that require the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) to develop a report to Congress that includes a comprehensive list of potential projects by October 1, 2014. Agencies […]

APAA Applauds the Passing of WRRDA

After the passing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080, WRRDA) in both the House and the Senate, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is trumpeting full Congressional approval of the long-awaited and critically-needed water resources development legislation. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, applauded U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and […]