Category: Regional Freight Plan

Hazardous Materials and Rural Freight Corridors

Freight Notes Rail Regional Freight Plan Research

The movement of hazardous goods on rail and highways multiplies the potential consequences of any crash. Critical rail and highway corridors transect rural areas and crashes can result in impacts to low income or minority communities, natural resources, and the many smaller towns. Additionally in rural areas, emergency resources are less likely to be available, or […]

New Iowa DOT Freight Planning Website

Regional Freight Plan

The Iowa DOT has just unveiled its new freight planning website, which includes information about the Iowa Freight Advisory Council, freight projects and plans, maps, data and tools, freight links, a freight glossary and acronyms, and Iowa DOT freight contacts.

Frac Sand Case Study: Chippewa County, WI

MAFC Regional Freight Plan

A draft of a whitepaper entitled Transportation Impacts of Frac Sand Mining in the MAFC Region: Chippewa County Case Study is now available for download. This case study outlines frac sand mining in the upper Midwest and considers the implications of this new industry on the transportation system in mining areas.

Location Quotients in the MAFC

Regional Freight Plan

A hot topic at this year’s TRB Annual Meeting was the role of our transportation system in achieving the economic goals set forth by President Obama (doubling exports) and MAP-21 (economic competitiveness). While we live and breathe transportation on a daily basis, it is important to remember that transportation is only one part of the […]

Foreign Trade Zones: An Economic Development Opportunity

Regional Freight Plan

Contributed by Alex Marach, CFIRE Research Intern $534 billion of goods entered US foreign-trade zones (FTZ) in 2010 (Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 2012). MAFC FTZs accounted for $98 billion or 18.4 percent of the total US value received by FTZs in 2010. FTZs receive inputs from both domestic and foreign sources, but use US labor to […]

Wisconsin Multimodal Freight Network

Highway Regional Freight Plan

As part of its Freight Mobility Action Agenda, The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has established a repository of information about the Multimodal Freight Network in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Multimodal Freight Network is composed of highways, local roads, rail lines, ports and airports. The network identifies the role of the different transportation facilities in shipping freight […]