Category: Research

KYTC Seeks Feedback on 2014 State Rail Plan

News Outreach Research

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking public input on a draft version of the 2014 Statewide Rail Plan, which highlights current freight- and passenger-rail services, and plans for improving and expanding rail in the state. KYTC is accepting comments until Sept. 16. To read the plan and submit your comments, visit the Kentucky Statewide Rail Plan […]

Freight Facts and Figures 2012

News Research

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that summarizes the volume and value of freight flows; the physical network for freight; the economic conditions that generate freight movements; the industry that carries freight; and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. For more information, download the Freight Facts and Figures 2012 […]

Final Report: Performance Measures for Evaluating Multi-state Projects

MAFC Performance Measures Research

Researchers have recently completed the Performance Measures for Evaluating Multi-state Projects (MAFC 11) project and issued a final report. This project outlines a method, using the Chicago CREATE project as a case study, that considers the impacts of geographic and industry distribution of project benefits, intermodal impacts, and reliability, as well as the traditional benefits of […]

Final Report: Transportation Profiles for MAFC Commodities

Highway MAFC Research

Researchers recently completed the Transportation Profiles for MAFC Commodities (MAFC 10) project and issued a final report. This project developed information on the flow of commodities through the MAFC region. Part one developed two commodities in depth with narratives and illustrations to demonstrate the importance of efficient transportation to the industry along with some of the […]

CFIRE Researcher Position Available

MAFC Outreach Research

National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI CFIRE is seeking to hire a researcher with significant experience in freight policy, planning, and engineering research to conduct research, education, and outreach projects for CFIRE and the Mid-America Freight Coalition. Applications are due July 6, 2011. For more information […]

Regional Freight Study: Communications

Annual Meeting Conferences Regional Freight Plan Research

On the last day of the 2011 MAFC Annual Meeting, a small group of state, academic, and MPO representatives attended a workshop conducted by the MAFC communications staff. This workshop was designed to gather ideas about what sorts of communications materials and published products would most usefully communicate the results of the MAFC regional freight […]

Regional Freight Study: Key Industries

Annual Meeting Regional Freight Plan Research

Another element of the regional freight study is identifying major industries that will be the source of economic growth in the 21st century. These industries will be studied to better understand how transportation can be made a source of support for their growth. Participants in this breakout session at the 2011 MAFC Annual Meeting began […]

The Far Reaching Effects of Canal Expansion

Highway Maritime Rail Research

Since it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal has been a vital part of international trade. However, the growth of worldwide shipping over the course of the last century has increasingly strained the Canal’s capacity, causing the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to estimate in 2006 that the Canal would reach its current operating capacity before […]