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.
Iowa DOT is the fifth state in the nation to have their FAST Act compliant State Freight Plan accepted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Iowa DOT’s original, MAP-21 compliant plan was amended for FAST Act and submitted to the FHWA in June. It was reviewed and accepted as including all required elements effective […]
A new white paper from the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) demonstrates strategies that can help meet the growing demand for truck parking.
MAFC Program Administrator, Ernest Perry, PhD, testified last week to members of the Assembly Transportation Committee for the State of Wisconsin in support of continued funding for the Harbor Assistance Program (HAP). In his statement, Perry emphasized a multiagency effort that has been taking place for over three years to to increase the freight and […]
As directed by the FAST act, states and, in certain cases, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, are responsible for designating public roads as Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) and Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs). The MAFC has completed a survey of member states for this purpose and is working on a report based on the findings.
In his keynote address at the Ohio Planning Conference, Ernest Perry, PhD, discusses how Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) states are sharing best practices, working to align efforts, and provide regional and national leadership in collaborative freight development.
Mid-America Freight Coalition member, Iowa DOT, released Iowa’s first dedicated state freight plan.
Mid-America Freight Coalition technical contact, Mark Locker of the Ohio Department of Transportation, was asked to serve on the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) committee for two more years.
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: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/maasto2016/ For more information, contact Ernie Perry, PhD, MAFC Program Manager at email@example.com.
Two Mid-America Freight Coalition member states have completed their freight plans and are working to finalize them in July. The Iowa DOT and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have draft plans available on their websites. Kentucky The 2016 Kentucky Statewide Freight Plan and Executive Summary is available for review and comment through the end of June. […]