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Environmental Protection Agency Announces New Port Initiative to Advance Sustainable Technologies - 4/15/2014
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new initiative to recognize ports taking action to improve environmental performance. As part of this...

Great Northern Corridor Coalition Aims to Improve Freight-rail Transportation from Pacific Northwest to Midwest - 4/15/2014
Together, representatives from seven states and several freight-rail constituents formed the Great Northern Corridor Coalition in early 2014 with an objective of improving freight-rail movements...

Quantifying the Impact of Large Percent Trucks Proportion on Rural Freeways - 4/15/2014
The Mountain-Plains Consortium has published a report investigating the interaction between trucks and other vehicles on rural routes. In particular, researchers used Interstate 80 through...

Researchers Propose Strategies to Reduce Fuel Consumption in Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles - 4/15/2014
The National Research Council has released a report identifying strategies for reducing fuel consumption in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. In this report, researchers identified strategies...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel - 4/15/2014
United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). The MTSNAC consists of 29...

Talking Freight Seminar on April 16, 2014: Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation - 4/09/2014
This webinar will provide an overview of how freight transportation-related emissions can be measured and benchmarked relative to existing norms. It will also include discussion...

Best Practices and Strategies for Improving Rail Energy Efficiency - 4/01/2014
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released a report highlighting best practices and strategies for improving rail energy efficiency. This publication provides an overview of...

Customs and Border Protection Improving Capabilities Focused on Exports, Cargo Release, and Entry Summary - 4/01/2014
United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is moving forward with their next step to establish an electronic "single window." CBP's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)...

Department of Transportation Proposes Use of Electronic Logbooks to Improve Efficiency, Safety in Commercial Bus and Truck Industries - 4/01/2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a rule requiring interstate truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their...

New Jersey Department of Transportation Announces Multi-year State Channel Dredging Program - 4/01/2014
In response to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar State Channel Dredging Program. The...

Thick Mississippi River Ice Means Slow Start to Shipping Season - 4/01/2014
The below-average temperatures and inclement weather this winter are posed to cause shipping delays on the Mississippi River. While the spring shipping season generally begins...

Enhancing Our Rail Safety: Current Challenges for Passenger and Freight Rail - 3/20/2014
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Joseph Szabo recently presented the current challenges to enhancing rail safety for passenger and freight rail to the Senate...

Port of Cleveland Preparing to Begin Dredging - 3/20/2014
The Port of Cleveland Board of Directors have approved a resolution directing management to work with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to complete...

State, Federal Government Making Progress in Creating National Freight Network - 3/20/2014
Together, State Departments of Transportations (DOT) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) are making progress on defining the National Freight Network, a transportation...

Strong Transportation Network Vital to Economy, Business Growth - 3/20/2014
During the recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Washington Briefing, panelists discussed the linkage between transportation investment and economic development. While...

Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Hearing on Improving the Nation's Highway Freight Network - 3/20/2014
On February 27, 2014 the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on the nation's highway freight network. During this...

Critical Issues in Transportation 2013 - 3/05/2014
The Transportation Research Board has released their annual update highlighting critical issues in transportation. Of the issues discussed, several are relevant to freight transportation. These...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies February Newsletter - 3/05/2014
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has published their February newsletter. Among other updates, this issue includes a discussion on the upcoming ITTS...

New York Governor Cuomo Announces Truck Pre-Inspections to Begin at Peace Bridge - 3/05/2014
A pilot program has begun for commercial vehicle pre-inspection pilot program at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie Ontario. The purpose of this pilot is...

Three of Five Modes Carried More North American Trade in December 2013 than in December 2012 - 3/05/2014
The United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released data on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade highlighting that three of five transportation...

Urban Freight Resource Guide - 3/05/2014
The Transportation Research Board's Committee on Urban Freight has released their update to the Urban Freight Resource Guide. This guide is intended for a broad...

Hearing on the Future of Federal Programs for Safe, Efficient, and Secure Waterway Navigation - 2/20/2014
On February 4, 2014 the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation conducted a hearing to discuss methods for assisting vessel navigation and the movement...

Missouri Department of Transportation Launches Missouri Freight Plan - 2/20/2014
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has launched their Missouri Freight Plan. MoDOT anticipates that the draft plan will be ready for review in June...

New Research Shows Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Safety Measurement System is an Improvement for Identifying At-Risk Companies - 2/20/2014
New research conducted by the Volpe Center finds that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) is more effective at identifying...

Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board: Freight Operations 2013 - 2/20/2014
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2379 that includes 11 items discussing freight transportation....

United States Department of Transportation Provides $7 Million for Maritime Education - 2/20/2014
United States Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) has provided $1 million in funding to six state maritime academies and the United States Merchant Marine...

Competing Ports Could Collaborate in Future as Ships Get Bigger - 2/03/2014
To improve economic competiveness, competing United States ports have initiated discussions for regional collaborations. The ports of Seattle and Tacoma recently reached an agreement to...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies January Newsletter - 2/03/2014
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has published their January Newsletter. Among other updates, this issue includes a discussion on the upcoming ITTS...

National Freight Advisory Committee: Notice of Public Webinar Meeting - 2/03/2014
The United States Department of Transportation has published a notice of a public meeting for an online webinar that will take place on February 6,...

Real-World Hours-of-Service Study Shows Drivers Using New Restart Are More Alert, Less Fatigued - 2/03/2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released findings from a real-world, third-party study showing that the restart provision in the current hours-of-service rule...

Value of Freight Time Variability Reductions: Results From a Pilot Study Performed on Behalf of the Swedish Transport Administration - 2/03/2014
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute published results from a pilot study highlighting the value of freight time variability reductions. This report is...

Designation of the Primary Freight Network Comment Period Extended - 1/21/2014
Responding to feedback received by the United States Department of Transportation stakeholders, the public comment period for the designation of the highway Primary Freight Network...

Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics: January 2014 Monthly Market Snapshot - 1/21/2014
The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics has published their January 2014 monthly snapshot of the logistics industry. Each market snapshot provides readers a detailed...

Maritime Administration Kicks-Off First National Maritime Strategy Symposium - 1/21/2014
The United States Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) completed their first-ever National Maritime Strategy Symposium. This symposium invited maritime industry stakeholders to collaborate with...

Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Keeps Moving on Pipeline Safety Act - 1/21/2014
The United States Department of Transportation's Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ensures the safety of the 2.6 million miles of pipeline in the...

The Pre-Inspection Pilot Test at Blaine, Washington: Field Data - 1/21/2014
In June 2013, the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) launched a pilot program to test technologies and operating procedures to facilitate border crossings...

City Logistics Research: A Transatlantic Perspective - 1/08/2014
The Transportation Research Board has released conference proceedings from a May 2013 international symposium focusing on urban transportation and goods movement in both the United...

Freight Shipments Fell 0.7% in October from September - 1/08/2014
The United State Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.7...

North Carolina Receives $15.5 Million for Railroad Upgrades - 1/08/2014
The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) has paid $15.5 million in dividends to North Carolina's new Freight Rail and Safety Fund to support railroads and...

Northwest Ports Set Goals to Further Cut Diesel Emissions by 2015 - 1/08/2014
Using 2005 as a baseline, the ports of Seattle, Tacoma, and Metro Vancouver, Canada plan to cut diesel emissions by 75 percent per ton of...

White House Releases National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan - 1/08/2014
The White House has released the National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan. This plan promotes global maritime security and prosperity through improved governance, policies, and actions...

Bureau of Transportation Statistics Releases Preliminary 2012 Commodity Flow Survey Data - 12/24/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released their preliminary 2012 update for the Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) data. The CFS...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies November Newsletter - 12/24/2013
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) November Newsletter discusses Missouri's participation in ITTS and the approaching Freight in the Southeast Conference. In addition,...

Integrating Freight Considerations into the Highway Capacity Planning Process: Practitioner's Guide - 12/24/2013
The Transportation Research Board's Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C15 has released a pre-production report titled Integrating Freight Considerations into the Highway...

Nevada Department of Transportation Publishes Truck Stop Information - 12/24/2013
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has published maps highlighting truck stop locations along Interstate 15 and Interstate 80 within the state. These maps include...

Pennsylvania Invests $35.8 Million to Expand, Improve Rail and Aviation Operations - 12/24/2013
Pennsylvania is investing $10 million in aviation grants and $25.8 million in rail freight grants to improve facilities, expand business, and ensure safety across the...

Automated Low-cost and Real-time Truck Parking Information System - 12/09/2013
Researchers from the University of Maryland have completed a project developing an automated real-time truck parking information system. To provide a low-cost solution that maintains...

Carbon Footprint of Supply Chains: A Scoping Study - 12/09/2013
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has developed a study on the carbon footprint of supply chains. This project discusses the assessment of global...

Heavy Vehicle Effects on Florida Freeways and Multilane Highways - 12/09/2013
The Florida Department of Transportation completed a study to better understand the effect of heavy vehicles on Florida's freeways and multilane highways. Specifically, the objective...

Minnesota Selects Projects to Receive Funding through the New Corridors of Commerce Program - 12/09/2013
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have announced the 10 projects selected under the program that together will receive $300 million...

Panama Canal Expansion - The Future of Maritime Commerce - 12/09/2013
The United State Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released the first of a two-part study to understand effects that the Panama Canal expansion will have on...

‘Building Florida's Future’ Symposium Brings Together Key Leaders to Position Region and State's Future in Transportation, Economic Development and Workforce - 11/26/2013
In conjunction with the release of Florida Chamber Foundation's introduction of the highly anticipated 2013 Trade and Logistics Study, the State held a symposium to...

Application Process Open for I-95 Corridor Coalition's Freight Academy - 11/26/2013
The I-95 Corridor Coalition is now accepting applications for the upcoming Freight Academy scheduled for April 2014. This program began in 2008 and is conducted...

Draft Initial Designation of the Highway Primary Freight Network Released - 11/26/2013
The Federal Highway Administration has released a request for comment on the draft designation of the highway Primary Freight Network (PFN) as well as guidance...

Freight Shipments Rose 0.8% in September from August - 11/26/2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) reports that their Transportation Services Index (TSI) has risen 0.8 percent in September from August...

South Dakota 2014 State Rail Plan - 11/26/2013
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) is developing their 2014 State Rail Plan to address both freight and passenger rail. This plan will detail...

FHWA's Listening Session I & II of the Freight Analysis Framework Development - 11/25/2013
This webinar consists of two listening sessions the Office of Operation of FHWA plans for public involvement and participation to the development of the Freight...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Releases Overview of Truck Crash Information - 11/12/2013
The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released the 2011 update to their Large Truck Crash Overview publication. This document discusses large...

From Concept to Completion: The M-580 Green Trade Corridor - 11/12/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently dedicated the California Green Trade Corridor (M-580). This marine highway will eliminate approximately 200 trucks...

House Transportation and Infrastructure Freight Panel Releases Final Report, Recommends Further Action - 11/12/2013
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Special Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation has concluded six months of work and released a report documenting the...

Illinois Governor Quinn Opens $29.8 Million Railroad Underpass - 11/12/2013
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently opened the new 71st Street railroad underpass in Bridgeview, Illinois. This $29.8 million project is a grade separation project part...

South Carolina Ports Announces Clean Truck Certification Program - 11/12/2013
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has announced a new Clean Truck Certification Program beginning in 2014 in an effort to continue reducing port-related air...

$73 Million Transportation Project Begins Near the Port of Savannah - 10/29/2013
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently attended the ground breaking ceremony for the project to complete a final stretch of the Jimmy Deloach Parkway. This project...

2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards Announced - 10/29/2013
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 55 companies with their 2013 SmartWay Excellence Awards. These awards are presented to shippers, logistics companies, and...

Adapting Freight Models and Traditional Freight Data Programs for Performance Management: Summary of a Workshop - 10/29/2013
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has made available conference proceedings from a recent two-day freight modeling conference held in Washington, DC. This report highlights the...

An Integrated Framework for Modeling Freight Mode and Route Choice - 10/29/2013
Researchers from the University of Maryland have developed a methodology to determine freight mode choice that can serve as in input to statewide travel demand...

Getting the Goods without the Bads: Freight Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Reduce Urban Impacts - 10/29/2013
Researchers from the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) and National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) have completed a study evaluating strategies...

Future Mobility Demand in Megaregions: A National Study with a Focus on the Gulf Coast - 10/16/2013
Researchers from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have completed a study analyzing current and future mobility demand in megaregions with a focus on the region...

Guidebook for Developing Subnational Commodity Flow Data - 10/16/2013
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has published Report 26: Guidebook for Developing Subnational Commodity Flow Data. This guidebook provides direction for state and...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies September Newsletter - 10/16/2013
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) September Newsletter discusses air and maritime freight in the southeast United States presenting trade data and highlighting...

Texas Department of Transportation Celebrates First Mile of Major Farm to Market Route to Strengthen Economy - 10/16/2013
The Texas Department of Transportation recently opened the first mile of a major farm to market route in the state. Officials anticipate this new farm...

Washington State Rail Plan Public Review Draft Now Available - 10/16/2013
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has published a draft State Rail Plan for public review and comment. WSDOT's State Rail Plan outlines a...

10-Mile Freight Rail Corridor Returns In Wisconsin - 10/01/2013
Wisconsin state officials have recently approved a $2.3 million grant to restart a 10-mile freight rail corridor south of Madison, Wisconsin. This rail line will...

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Announces Creation of State Freight Advisory Council - 10/01/2013
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Ann Schneider has announced the creation of the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council to support IDOT's coordination of...

Integration of Weigh-In-Motion and Inductive Signature Technology for Advanced Truck Monitoring - 10/01/2013
The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Irvine has published research investigating methods to build more advanced models for monitoring truck travel...

South Carolina Inland Port Planning Expansion - 10/01/2013
The South Carolina Inland Port is scheduled to open in Greer, South Carolina in September 2013. This facility will provide a 200 mile extension of...

USDOT Releases State Transportation Statistics 2012 - 10/01/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released the 2012 update to the State Transportation Statistics report and corresponding interactive...

Aligning Oversize/Overweight Fees with Agency Costs: Critical Issues - 9/16/2013
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has published an analysis of issues pertaining to issuing permits for oversize and overweight (OSOW) freight loads. This analysis...

Development of a Freight Benefit/Cost Methodology for Project Planning - 9/16/2013
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released a freight benefit/cost methodology to assist practitioners with performing quantitative analyses of freight system projects. This...

Freight Shipments Rose 0.3 Percent in July from June - 9/16/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.3 percent in July 2013 from June 2013....

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies August Newsletter - 9/16/2013
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has released their August newsletter discussing maritime trade and its effects to the economy of the United...

USDOT Announces $474 Million for 52 TIGER 2013 Projects in 37 States - 9/16/2013
United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced the results of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program. A total of...

AASHTO and FHWA Hold Major Freight Summit in Washington, D.C. - 8/30/2013
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to host the fifth Biannual Freight Transportation Partnership...

Georgia State Transportation Board Adopts Statewide Freight Corridor Network - 8/30/2013
The Georgia State Transportation Board has voted to adopt a Statewide Freight Corridor Network. Roads on this freight corridor network are to be exempted from...

Governor Scott Announces $2.5 Million Investment for the South Florida Logistics Center - 8/30/2013
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the South Florida Logistics Center (SFLC) project will receive a $2.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to...

New Cargoes Boost St. Lawrence Seaway Commerce - 8/30/2013
New types of cargo have recently been traveling through the St. Lawrence Seaway. In July, oversized heavy-lift construction components were shipped on the seaway to...

New Pilot Program Tests Importing South American Fruit through South Florida Seaports - 8/30/2013
Officials at Port Everglades and Port Miami are working to finalize a pilot program that will allow the important of fruits from South America. Existing...

Freight Shipments Fell 0.2 Percent in June from May - 8/19/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 0.2 percent in June 2013 from May 2013....

Project Brief: Innovations in Freight Demand Modeling and Data - 8/19/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has released a four-page project brief discussing innovations in freight demand modeling and...

Report: Smart Growth and Urban Goods Movement - 8/19/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released Report 24: Smart Growth and Urban Goods Movement highlighting connections between goods...

Secretary Foxx Announces Proposal to Save Trucking Industry $1.7 Billion Annually by Eliminating Major Paperwork Burden - 8/19/2013
United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a proposal to eliminate a taxing paperwork requirement for commercial truck drivers. Secretary Foxx's proposal would require...

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Awards $7.6 Million in Freight Rail Loans - 8/19/2013
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has approved four awards for freight rail loans totaling over $7.6 million to improve railroad infrastructure and support economic growth within...

Draft Michigan Freight Plan Available for Public Review and Comment - 8/08/2013
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has published a draft Freight Plan and is accepting public comments on the plan through August 7, 2013. This...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Launches Interactive Driver Fatigue Management Tool - 8/08/2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has partnered with Transport Canada to develop and launch the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP). This program...

Georgia Ports Authority Prepared for Hurricanes and Other Disasters - 8/08/2013
The Georgia Ports Authority has unveiled their new Mobile Command Center (MCC) that can be deployed in event of a natural or man-made disaster. The...

Highway Transport Committee Talks Highway Freight Provisions of MAP-21 - 8/08/2013
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) hosted their 94th Annual Meeting of the Subcommittee on Highway Transport (SCOHT). This meeting discussed...

Transportation and Infrastructure Freight Panel Talk Coordination of Freight Planning Activities at Roundtable Discussion - 8/08/2013
The House of Representatives' Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation has completed its fourth public hearing, with the most recent meeting focusing on effectively coordinating...

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Named Chair of National Freight Advisory Committee - 7/15/2013
The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) has named Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider as its Chair. NFAC was created under MAP-21 and serves...

Indiana Department of Transportation Gets First Freight Plan Approval under MAP-21 - 7/15/2013
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has become the first State DOT to receive an approved State Freight Plan under MAP-21. In addition, INDOT has...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies June Newsletter - 7/15/2013
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has released their June newsletter discussing the link between manufacturing and a State's Gross Domestic Product (GDP)...

Port of Virginia Wraps-Up Its Best Fiscal-Year Performance - 7/15/2013
The Port of Virginia has completed its best fiscal-year performance in its history with a growth of 10 percent in container volume from the previous...

Report Highlighting Risk and Recoveries from Extreme Disruptions in Freight Transportation Systems - 7/15/2013
The Metrans Transportation Center has completed research investigating the risks imposed on and recoveries of transportation systems in megacities as a result of extreme events,...

Connecticut Department of Transportation Announces Millions of Dollars for Freight Rail Improvements - 7/01/2013
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced more than $8 million in funding through their Rail Freight Infrastructure Funding program for freight rail around...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Information Card with Updated Hours-of-Service Regulations - 7/01/2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published an information card that highlights the hours-of-services changes that are scheduled to go into effect on...

Florida Adopts Freight Mobility and Trade Plan Policy Element - 7/01/2013
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has completed and adopted their Freight Mobility and Trade Plan Policy Element. The purpose of this plan is to...

How Logistics Facilitate an Efficient Freight Transportation System - 7/01/2013
A recent hearing by the Congressional Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation emphasized the need for an efficient freight system to ensure that the United...

Nation's Shipyards Support $36 Billion in Gross Domestic Product - 7/01/2013
A recent report commissioned by the United States Maritime Administration finds that the nation's shipyards support $36 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Further, this...

Innovations in Freight Modeling and Data: Integrating Supply Chain Models and Data into Public Sector, Freight Demand Modeling - 6/19/2013
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) recently announced it will be holding its second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP-2) symposium over two days in October 2013....

Freight Data Sharing Guidebook Now Available - 6/17/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) released a guidebook on sharing freight data, primarily between public and private freight stakeholders....

Georgia Department of Transportation Poised to Make State 'Global Gateway of Choice' - 6/17/2013
Goods movement throughout Georgia currently represents a $15 billion per year industry in the state and economists believe the industry has the potential to grow...

North Central Texas Council of Governments Publishes Regional Freight System Inventory Report - 6/17/2013
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has published findings from a recent comprehensive freight study of the 12-county region covered by NCTCOG. North...

Transportation Research Board's Freight Systems Group Brochure - 6/17/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Freight Systems Group has published a brochure documenting how freight stakeholders can become involved with TRB freight transportation-related technical committee...

United States Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces National Freight Advisory Committee Members - 6/17/2013
United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced the 47 members of the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC). The NFAC will provide advice and recommendations...

Increasing Truck Driver's Awareness: Use of In-Vehicle 3D Sounds - 5/29/2013
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published findings from a recent study looking to understand how the use of in-vehicle 3D sounds could improve the...

Port Security Program Makes $93 Million Available in Grants - 5/29/2013
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has made $93.2 million dollars of funding available for their fiscal year 2013 Port Security...

Synthesis of Freight Research in Urban Transportation Planning - 5/29/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Cooperative Freight Research Program has published findings from a recent study in a report entitled Synthesis of Freight Research...

Texas Freight Advisory Committee to Offer Public Listening Sessions for the Texas Freight Mobility Plan - 5/29/2013
The Texas Freight Advisory Committee has established ten listening sessions for the public to provide input to help shape the state's immediate and long-term plans...

Transportation Center Gets $3.7 Million Grant to Establish Center for Urban Freight Research - 5/29/2013
The METRANS Transportation Center, a joint partnership of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the University of Southern California (USC) has received $3.7 million...

Critical Issues in Transportation: 2009 Update - 5/16/2013
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has released the 2009 update to their Critical Issues in Transportation report highlighting the following topics: congestion; energy, environment, and...

Freight Rail Infrastructure Projects to Spur Economic Development in Massachusetts - 5/16/2013
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) Industrial Rail Access Program has awarded $2.85 million matching grant funds for freight-rail projects across the state. The Industrial...

Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Coal Exports Set Record in 2012, Fuel Economic Growth - 5/16/2013
Between 2010 and 2012, coal exports in Illinois have increased five-fold from 2.5 million tons to 13 million tons. This significant increase in coal exports...

New Mexico DOT Celebrates Completion of Major Interchange Project - 5/16/2013
A ribbon cutting event was recently held for the $37 million Las Cruces' I-10/I-25 System Interchange project. Project stakeholders praised the project for its benefits...

Washington Connecting to Canada: Flow of Goods - 5/16/2013
Canada is the third largest destination of Washington State's exports and the largest source of Washington State's imports. Ensuring efficient movement of goods across the...

Canada's Largest Train Operator Says Crude-by-Rail on Track to Expand - 5/01/2013
North American oil companies are seeing dramatic increases in the amount of oil shipped by rail. Shipments of crude-by-rail in the United States have increased...

Freight Data Cost Elements and Their Role in Public Investment, Policy, and Regulatory Decision Making - 5/01/2013
The Transportation Research Board published a report on freight data cost elements focused on identifying the state of the practice for multimodal freight transportation cost...

New International Trade Crossing Takes Another Step Forward - 5/01/2013
Michigan's New International Trade Crossing has moved one step closer to beginning construction on the $950 million bridge from Michigan to Ontario: obtaining a federal...

Trucking Industry Is Set to Expand Its Use of Natural Gas - 5/01/2013
While the nationwide use of natural gas to power freight vehicles is small, this usage has been increasing over the past few years. Many shippers...

USDOT Announces $474 Million in Funding for New Round of TIGER Grant Program - 5/01/2013
The United States Department of Transportation is authorized to award up to $474 million in funding for a new round of the Transportation Investment Generating...

California's Green Port Gateway Project will Create Jobs, Boost U.S. Exports - 4/17/2013
The California Green Port Gateway project to improve the connection between the Port of Long Beach and the Alameda Corridor rail line has recently broken...

Characterizing Oregon's Supply Chains - 4/17/2013
The Oregon Department of Transportation has completed a study on Oregon's supply chains in an effort to better define the relationship between freight movement and...

Goods Movement Study in Illinois: Application to Freight Transportation and Logistics - 4/17/2013
The University of Illinois has completed a nationwide online freight establishment study to investigate freight shipping practices. Researchers collected surveys from 966 establishments reviewing nearly...

Port of Seattle Becomes First West Coast Port to Join Green Marine Environmental Program - 4/17/2013
The Port of Seattle has become the first United States port outside of the Great Lakes region to join Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental...

Scenario Planning for Freight Transportation Infrastructure Investment - 4/17/2013
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) published a report entitled Scenario Planning for Freight Transportation Infrastructure Investment. This report presents findings...

A Discussion on the Increase of Intermodal Traffic - 4/02/2013
This item provides a discussion on current issues affecting major supply chains (e.g., fuel costs, driver shortages, loss of productivity), and how fleets are changing...

Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement - 4/02/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has published a report for the Capacity Project C20 highlighting the state of the...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies March Newsletter - 4/02/2013
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) March Newsletter discusses a 2012 update to the state export data provides by ITTS. This data are...

North American Trade Numbers by Mode of Transportation for January - 4/02/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that the value of trade between the United States and North American trading...

United States and Canada Agree to Begin Pre-Inspection Pilot Project - 4/02/2013
The United States and Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) authorizing a pilot project to conduct pre-inspections of commercial cargo entering the United...

Coast Wide Contract Reached Between Dockworkers, Port Operators - 3/19/2013
The union representing East and Gulf Coast longshoreman has completed negotiations for a six-year agreement with port operators and shipping companies. These negotiations began more...

Freight Shipments Rose 1.2% in January from December - 3/19/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.2 percent in January 2013 from December 2012....

Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners Approve $500M Rail Project - 3/19/2013
Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners have approved a $500 million project to facilitate the movement of goods from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach...

Safety at All-Time High for American Railroad Industry - 3/19/2013
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released 2012 safety data for the railroad industry finding that 2012 had the fewest safety incidents on record. This...

Virginia Agricultural Exports Reach All-Time High in 2012 - 3/19/2013
Agricultural exports in Virginia reached an all-time high in 2012 totaling $2.61 billion, an increase of 12 percent from 2011. The largest exports from Virginia...

CREATE Grade Separation Project Now Underway Near Chicago - 3/06/2013
The Illinois Department of Transportation recently broke ground for a Chicago Regional Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) grade separation effort including an intersection reconstruction and...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Appointments - 3/06/2013
The United States Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced five appointments to their Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC). These...

Port Upgrades Urged to Keep Pace with Panama Canal Expansion - 3/06/2013
Port officials at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are expediting plans to upgrade their facilities to prevent container traffic from diverting to...

Report on the Regional Trade between the United States and Canada from 1990 to 2011 - 3/06/2013
The Border Policy Research Institute has released a report highlighting trends of intra-industry trade between the United States and Canada from 1990 to 2011. A...

The Use of Natural Gas an Opportunity for both Railroads and North Dakota - 3/06/2013
Natural gas is currently being produced faster than the infrastructure can capture it in the oil fields of North Dakota. The excess natural gas must...

Talking Freight Seminar on March 20, 2013 - Case Study on Promoting Public and Private Sector Freight Collaboration - 3/05/2013
In recent years many Departments of Transportation at all geographic levels have placed increased emphasis on addressing freight transportation, due to the general growth in...

Hampton Roads, Virginia Regional Freight Study Now Underway - 2/25/2013
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is currently undertaking an update to their 2007 regional freight study. The 2013 update will focus on commodity...

Maritime Administration Study Finds Great Lake Shipping Showing Signs of Recovery - 2/25/2013
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released findings from a recent study indicating that maritime shipping in the Great Lakes region is showing signs of...

Report on Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement Strategic Plan - 2/25/2013
The Transportation Research Board's Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has released a report entitled Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement Strategic Plan. The goal...

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Establishes National Freight Advisory Committee - 2/25/2013
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood has announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee. This Advisory Committee will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation...

Federal Register Notice Published on February 13, 2013 - Establishment of the National Freight Network - 2/13/2013
Correction - In notice document 2013-02580 appearing on pages 8686-8689, in the Federal Register issue of Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Federal Register Notice Published on February 6, 2013 - Establishment of the National Freight Network - 2/06/2013
ACTION: Notice. This notice defines the planned process for the designation of the national freight network as required by Section 1115 of the Moving Ahead...

Alabama State Port Authority Ramps up Intermodal Rail Facility at Port of Mobile - 1/30/2013
The Alabama State Port Authority's board of directors has recently approved two measures that will advance the port's new intermodal rail facility. The board has...

Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities - 1/30/2013
The World Economic Forum has published a report investigating the influence of supply chain barriers on the global gross domestic product (GDP). This report finds...

Freight Facts and Figures 2012 - 1/30/2013
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management of Operations has released Freight Facts and Figures 2012. This report is a snapshot of the volume...

Freight Trip Generation and Land Use: Report and Electronic Database Available - 1/30/2013
The Transportation Research Board has published a joint National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) report entitled Freight Trip...

Minnesota Testing Technology to Assist Truckers Find Parking - 1/30/2013
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is conducting research to better identify truck parking availability. Through the use of cameras to identify available parking spaces,...

Barge Traffic Piles up as Water Levels Fall on Mississippi - 1/09/2013
Low water levels on the Mississippi River are causing supply chain issues as barge companies are reducing both the number of barges on the river...

Compilation of Papers Exploring Freight Systems - 1/09/2013
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2288 containing 11 papers discussing freight systems. Among...

Handbook on Applying Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation - 1/09/2013
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Freight Cooperative Research Program has released a handbook highlighting how benchmarking can be used to promote environmental performance by...

Northern Virginia Road Expansion: Betting on Dulles Airport as Freight Hub - 1/09/2013
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority intends to develop over 400 acres of land surrounding the Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia to enhance the airport's...

October 2012 Surface Transportation Trade with Canada and Mexico Totaled $85.3 Billion - 1/09/2013
The United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that trade using surface transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico increased by 7.9 percent...

Interactions between Transportation Capacity, Economic Systems, and Land Use - 1/03/2013
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published a report under their second Strategic Highways Research Project (SHRP 2) reviewing interactions between transportation capacity, economic systems,...

Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports to Reopen After 8-Day Strike - 1/03/2013
After an eight day strike, clerical workers have agreed to a new contract with the terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long...

Metrics of Policy Effects at the Canada - United States Border - 1/03/2013
A recent effort completed by the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) reviewed two border-related initiatives (the National Export initiative and the Progress Toward a "Green...

Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems - 1/03/2013
This report by the United States Department of Commerce discusses a wide array of practices to help mitigate supply chain risk to federal information systems....

Wisconsin Multimodal Freight Network - 1/03/2013
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has released draft maps of their Multimodal Freight Network highlighting freight moving through Wisconsin by truck, rail, air, and...

Aligning Strategies to Maximize Impact: Case Studies on Transportation and Economic Development - 12/07/2012
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has published 10 case studies investigating the tie between transportation and economic development. These case studies highlight regional...

Driver Shortage Boosting Dedicated Trucking Business - 12/07/2012
With the increasing shortage of commercial truck drivers, shippers are finding it more and more difficult to both maintain a fleet of vehicles and hire...

Freight Shipments Rose 0.2 Percent in September from August - 12/07/2012
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.2 percent in September from August 2012. The...

Port of Benton Officials Prepare for Rail Growth - 12/07/2012
Officials at the Port of Benton in Washington state are looking to the future to best plan for an increase of railcar volume in and...

Travel Survey Methods, Freight Data Systems, and Asset Management 2012 - 12/07/2012
The Transportation Research Record (TRR): Journal of the Transportation Research Board has published issued number 2285 highlighting papers on the topics of travel survey methods,...

Cargo Deliveries Stalled by Hurricane Sandy are Recovering - 11/07/2012
While there are continued challenges at the Port of New York/New Jersey due to Hurricane Sandy, cargo deliveries are improving following a week of recovery....

Freight Railroads Make Post-Storm Strides in the Northeast - 11/07/2012
Freight railroads in the Northeast United States are beginning to progress on their post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Several railroads have resumed service to areas dreamed...

Hurricane Sandy Snarls New York Oil Logistics and Gasoline Deliveries - 11/07/2012
Hurricane Sandy caused significant logistical challenges for the oil and gasoline industry trying to deliver supplies to regional gasoline stations with low supply. Due to...

Port of Virginia Picking Up Slack for Storm-Damaged Port of New York/New Jersey - 11/07/2012
Many vessels originally headed to the New York region were rerouted through the Port of Virginia due to the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy. While...

How Population Change Affects Supply Chains - 11/05/2012
Recent research has looked to understand how population change affects supply chains and business practices. Researchers have found three characteristics to aid in this explanation:...

Large Cargo Ships Bring Big Changes to Port Everglades - 11/05/2012
The largest cargo ship to ever call port at the Port of Everglades, the MSC Texas, has recently docked at the port. Port officials anticipate...

Measuring the Transportation System from a Supply Chain Perspective - 11/05/2012
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published findings from a recent workshop held to discuss freight transportation data as well as how use this data...

Rising Energy Costs May Usher in Freight Rail Revival - 11/05/2012
Rising energy costs are increasing freight rail's competitiveness with other modes of transportation. Moreover, increasing demand for greener fuels coupled with low supplies in Europe...

Talking Freight Seminar on November 28, 2012 - MAP-21 Freight Provisions - 11/05/2012
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) authorizes the nation's transportation programs for two years. MAP-21 includes a number of freight provisions that...

The Second Strategic Highway Research Program Highlights Freight Transportation Tools - 11/05/2012
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has released a factsheet highlighting 21 tools included in the three-year plan to implement priority products from TRB's second Strategic...

Global Freight Volumes Suggest Continuous Uncertainty - 10/25/2012
Although recent data presented during the International Transport Forum highlights continued economic uncertainty, there are indications of growing demand. For example, both the German and...

Mexico Freight: Overpass Helps El Paso - 10/25/2012
There are 40,000 jobs in El Paso, Texas related to the region's trade with Mexico. In an effort to improve trade between the regions and...

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Launch of Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness - 10/25/2012
The acting United States Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has announced the introduction of an Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. This committee will consist of...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Awards $30 Million for Clean Diesel Projects - 10/25/2012
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $30 million in funding for clean diesel projects through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA). This...

Web Tool Streamlines Oversize Vehicle Permitting - 10/25/2012
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has recently completed and implemented a new web tool to streamline oversize vehicle permitting in the state. This...

Mediterranean Shipping Company Sets Record for Biggest Ship in the United States - 10/10/2012
The Mediterranean Shipping Company has deployed the largest vessel on a U.S. route to accommodate the growing demand for goods from Asia. This vessel has...

Port of Tampa Prepares to Unveil New Railroad Line to Boost Cargo and Ethanol Markets - 10/10/2012
After completion of an $11 million Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal, the Port of Tampa will be the first port-based rail facility in the Florida with...

Technology Leads Fleets' Efforts to Diversify Their Service - 10/10/2012
This item discusses challenges faced by shippers looking to diversify their operation and are struggling with scheduling, tracking, and managing their diversified deliveries. The advantages...

The 710: Spine of LA Freeway System and its Missing Link - 10/10/2012
The Long Beach Freeway (710) in Los Angeles, California has had a new 4.5 mile stretch of roadway proposed, but not completed for decades. This...

With Support from the Department of Transportation, Air Cargo Industry Delivers the Goods - 10/10/2012
For many U.S. businesses, air cargo is the mechanism that allows them to keep up with the speed of global commerce. The U.S. Transportation Secretary...

Freight Policy Council: Keeping America's Economy Competitive Starts by Listening to Freight Leaders - 9/24/2012
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) instructs the USDOT to plan freight investments more systematically. One of USDOT's approaches to addressing systematic...

Logistics Spotlight Tool for Georgia - 9/24/2012
The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics has deployed their County Logistics Spotlights, a new tool to generate reports on each of Georgia's 159 counties....

New Pipeline from Ohio to Benefit Western Pennsylvania - 9/24/2012
A new 160 mile underground petroleum pipeline from Ohio to Western Pennsylvania will assist in transporting refined oil products from the Midwest to the Ohio...

Residents Protest Freight Trucks Driving Shortcuts - 9/24/2012
Although there is a designated truck route between Interstate 5 and St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, many truck drivers are taking a shortcut through...

Traffic Data Quality Verification and Sensor Calibration for Weigh-In-Motion Systems - 9/24/2012
The University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation studies has developed a report reviewing the characteristics of Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) measurements. This report identifies operational modes and...

June 2012 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 6.6 Percent From June 2011 - 9/12/2012
The United State Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that surface trade between the United States and both Mexico and Canada was recorded at...

Open Houses Scheduled for Rail Corridor Study - 9/12/2012
The Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) in Yuma, Arizona is leading the Yuma County Rail Corridor and Logistics Study to identify ideas for the development...

Ports Keep Wisconsin's Economy Afloat and Moving Forward - 9/12/2012
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declared the week of August 20-26 as Wisconsin Ports Week. As such, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the...

Study of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving Through Canadian and Mexican Seaports - 9/12/2012
The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has published a report investigating whether the United States Harbor and Maintenance Tax, as well as other factors,...

United States Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative: Dialog on Next Generation Supply Networks and Logistics - 9/12/2012
The Georgia Institute of Technology and the Council on Competitiveness published a report highlighting a future outlook for manufacturing in the United States based off...

Freight Train on Track for First North River Run Since 1989 - 8/28/2012
For the first time since 1989, a freight train will complete a 30-mile trip from North Creek to the closed Tahawus mines in upstate New...

Multimodal Freight Transportation Within the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Basin - 8/28/2012
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) published a report describing the current multimodal freight transportation system in the Great Lakes...

Oregon Transportation Commission Approves 38 Projects for ConnectOregon Funding - 8/28/2012
The Oregon Transportation Commission has approved 38 multimodal projects for $40 million in funding through the ConnectOregon IV program. These approved projects came from 65...

Three Part Series: Metropolitan Chicago's Freight Cluster - 8/28/2012
Between a quarter and a third of all freight tonnage in the United States originates, passes, or terminates in the Chicago region. Because of this...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Creation of Freight Policy Council - 8/23/2012
USDOT Press Release August 23, 2012 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Creation of Freight Policy Council

Evaluation of the Use of Electronic Shipping Papers for Hazardous Materials Shipments - 8/15/2012
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP) has released a report highlighting the use of electronic shipping papers for hazardous materials...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies August Newsletter - 8/15/2012
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) August Newsletter discusses datasets and charts available to download through ITTS's website, including charts on domestic freight...

Lessons Learned from Irene: Vermont Regional Planning Committees Address Transportation System Recovery - 8/15/2012
A publication developed with support from both the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) investigates disaster mitigation activities conducted...

Maryland State Highway Administration Helps Truckers Go Paperless with Electronic Hauling Permits - 8/15/2012
Maryland has become the second state in the nation to issue electronic hauling (e-hauling) permits for the trucking industry. These permits can be displayed in...

Port of Gulfport Upgrade to Give Mississippi Greater International Reach - 8/15/2012
The ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal will provide ports on the eastern seaboard greater access to trading partners across the Pacific Ocean. In particular,...

Maryland Department of Transportation Conducts Peer-to-Peer Exchange on Freight Performance Measures - 8/07/2012
On January 12 and 13, 2011, a peer exchange meeting was held in Baltimore, Maryland with the intent of exchanging information on freight performance measures....

Canada and the United States Launch New Technology to Reduce Border Wait Times - 8/02/2012
A partnership between the Federal Highway Administration, United States Customs and Border Protection, the Canada Border Services Agency, and Transport Canada has installed new technology...

Economic Impact of Indiana's Ports Exceeds $6 Billion per Year - 8/02/2012
A recent study reported that Indiana's three ports contributed $6.38 billion to the state economy and supported 51,577 jobs, an increase of 18 percent since...

Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, Second Report - 8/02/2012
The 21st Century Truck Partnership (21CTP) is a cooperative research and development partnership including 4 federal agencies and 15 industrial partners with goals such as...

TIGER 2012 Projects keep Freight, Economy Moving - 8/02/2012
Nearly half of the projects selected for TIGER 2012 will directly improve freight flow. The movement of goods over a safe and reliable transportation network...

Work Zone Traffic Analysis - Applications and Decision Framework Publication - 8/02/2012
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Operations has released their Traffic Analysis Toolbox Volume XII: Work Zone Traffic Analysis - Applications and Decision Framework. This...

2012 Manufacturing and Logistics Report - 7/23/2012
Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research has released the 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card. This study rates each of the 50...

Moving Maine by Moving Goods - 7/23/2012
After years of individual studies assessing the feasibility of forming mode-specific corridors between Searsport and Bangor, Maine, a study has been completed reviewing the feasibility...

Oregon Offering Electric Truck Incentives - 7/23/2012
Oregon's recently initiated Commercial Electric Truck Incentive Program (CETIP) looks to improve air quality through the distribution of $20,000 vouchers to assist in the purchase...

Preparing for Post-Panamax Vessels Report - 7/23/2012
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has submitted a report to Congress examining options for future modification to U.S. ports and waterways. This report...

The Impact of Truck Congestion on Washington State's Economy - 7/23/2012
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Washington State University (WSU) have produced a report highlighting effects on the regional economy if congestion on...

Detroit-Canada Bridge Much More than Just Another River Crossing - 7/10/2012
More than 8,000 trucks cross the Detroit border each day, nearly all crossing on a single bridge generating significant delays and producing a transportation bottleneck....

Economic Development: Pulling the Right Strings - 7/10/2012
This article identifies five initiatives advancing transportation and logistics investments that support economic development from around the United States. It includes a discussion of initiatives...

Giant Cranes Arrive in Port, Marking New Era for Cargo Handling - 7/10/2012
The Port of Baltimore has recently received new cranes which will be used to unload post-Panamax vessels following the 2014 Panama Canal Expansion. Currently the...

No-Defect Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report for Intermodal Equipment - 7/10/2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the No-Defect Driver-Inspection Report (DVIR) for Intermodal Equipment Final Rule eliminating $54 million in unnecessary costs...

Weigh Station Innovations Saving Truckers Time - 7/10/2012
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released quarterly performance measures from their Gray Notebook. Among other findings, WSDOT has noted that the use...

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Funding for 47 TIGER 2012 Projects as Overwhelming Demand for TIGER Dollars Continues - 6/22/2012
USDOT Press Release June 22, 2012 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that 47 transportation projects in 34 states and the District of...

Ames Intermodal Facility Opens its Doors - 6/21/2012
The new $9.2 million Ames Intermodal Facility will bring together car parking and transit access, private and public transportation providers, and the Iowa State University...

An Electrifying Freight Solution on California's Interstate 710 - 6/21/2012
A new technology entitled eHighway involving a highway electrification system similar to what is used in modern-day street cars has been proposed for a pilot...

How a Canadian Pacific Strike Affects Canada's Supply Chain - 6/21/2012
Canadian Pacific (CP) had nearly 4,800 workers go on strike on May 23 due to pension negotiations. These employees were forced back to work on...

Louisiana Ports Play an Important Role in the State's Economic Picture - 6/21/2012
A recent economic impact study has revealed that more than 396,000 Louisiana jobs are tied directly to Louisiana's maritime industry resulting in $19.5 billion in...

Minnesota Unveils a Compelling 50-Year Vision and Guiding Principles for Transportation - 6/21/2012
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has developed a two minute update video on their Minnesota Go initiative which looks to develop a 50-year transportation...

Article: Moving the Nation's Goods - 6/06/2012
FHWA and the I-95 Corridor Coalition examine institutional arrangements to improve the performance of multistate freight corridors. Check out these organizational options. (FHWA Public Roads...

Auburn, Cities Seeking Ways to Support Freight Corridors - 6/06/2012
A recent vote in Auburn, Washington has defeated a $59 million road bond measure and removed a significant funding source for freight corridors. This item...

Groundbreaking Rule to Prevent Rollover Crashes for Nation's Large Trucks, Buses - 6/06/2012
The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require electronic stability...

Intermodal Freight Center Could Help Northwest Indiana Capitalize On Industry - 6/06/2012
A recent regional transportation study found that the freight hauling and logistics industry generates an estimated $3.2 billion in annual sales revenue and either directly...

Survey of the Status of Truck Safety: Brazil, China, Australia, and the United States - 6/06/2012
A recent report by the University of Michigan reviews the status of truck safety in four countries: Australia, Brazil, China, and the United States. The...

Washington Freight and Goods Transportation System Maps Now Available - 6/06/2012
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released their 2011 Freight and Goods Transportation System (FGTS) maps highlighting tonnage volume classifications for Washington roadways,...

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Plans to Spend $202 Million in Nebraska - 5/11/2012
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway announced that the company is planning to spend over $200 million on maintenance and rail capacity improvement projects in...

Dedicated Revenue Mechanisms for Freight Transportation Investment - 5/11/2012
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released their Report 15: Dedicated Revenue Mechanisms for Freight Transportation Investment. This report focuses...

New Concept for Moving Freight Along Interstate 35 - 5/11/2012
A project under study by the Texas Department of Transportation would construct conveyor belt-like lanes above the interstate to transport freight containers. This project looks...

Oklahoma's New Port of Entry Weigh Station Unveiled - 5/11/2012
Oklahoma's first port of entry weigh station has recently been opened along I-35 near the Kansas border. This facility replaces an older weigh station and...

Study Will Detail Minnesota Freight Movement - 5/11/2012
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is currently investigating improvements to the Winona-area freight industry as a part of a six-part series of studies to determine...

Freight Transportation and Economic Development: Planning for the Panama Canal Expansion - 5/01/2012
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation has released a report providing an overview on the possible effects of the Panama Canal expansion....

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies April Newsletter - 5/01/2012
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) April Newsletter discusses the recently completed third annual Freight in the Southeast conference which took place in...

Institute Launches Logistics-Distribution Index to Help Businesses - 5/01/2012
The University of Louisville's Logistics and Distribution Institute has developed a monthly economic indicator to assist in monitoring market well-being and aid in investment decisions....

National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Request for Proposals - 5/01/2012
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened their request for proposals for the fiscal year 2012 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. This program...

Thinking About the Next Big Supply Chain Disruption - 5/01/2012
This item discusses the value of supply chain risk management citing examples of recent natural disasters as well as previous man-made crises. Included are both...

50 Years after Historic JFK Message to Congress, Transportation Still the Thread that Connects our Nation - 4/18/2012
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy wrote to Congress on transportation, his message is still relevant today: to ensure economic growth, the nation requires...

Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts - 4/18/2012
Although there are numerous studies and models projecting future rates of sea level rise (SLR), there has not been a consensus on how to use...

Truck Border Crossings from Mexico to the United States Increased 1.7 Percent in 2011 from 2010 - 4/18/2012
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported there were 10.4 million commercial truck border crossings from Mexico into the United...

2010 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance - 3/30/2012
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released the 2010 edition of the Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance. This report...

Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Report 2012 - 3/30/2012
The Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) Supply Chain Report for 2012 is the group's fourth annual global study highlighting the preparedness of supply chains for climate...

Identification and Evaluation of Freight Demand Factors - 3/30/2012
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) developed a web-only document entitled Identification and Evaluation of Freight Demand Factors which highlights variables...

Preserving and Protecting Freight Infrastructure and Routes - 3/30/2012
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has published Report 16: Preserving and Protecting Freight Infrastructure and Routes. The report provides decision...

St. Lawrence Seaway Reopens for 2012 Navigation Season - 3/30/2012
The St. Lawrence Seaway has reopened for the 2012 navigation season following the winter maintenance season as part of the DOT's 10-year Asset Renewal Program,...

Final Two Megaloads Leave the Port of Lewiston - 3/20/2012
The final 2 of 34 megaloads has left the Port of Lewiston, Idaho. Although there was a number of protests during the 18 month duration...

First Train Operates Over NCDOT's Piedmont and Northern Railroad Corridor in More Than 20 Years - 3/20/2012
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has recently turned over the Piedmont and Northern Railroad corridor to a short line railroad company for future inspection,...

Increased Amount of Rail Freight Requires Cities to Change - 3/20/2012
While moving freight by rail can provide a more sustainable transportation network than moving freight over the road, an increase in rail traffic can cause...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies March Newsletter - 3/20/2012
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) March Newsletter discusses freight dependence in the Southeastern United States. This newsletter divides freight dependence estimates from...

December 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.6 Percent from December 2010 - 3/07/2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has reported that surface trade between the United States and both Canada and Mexico was...

Defining the Washington State Truck Intermodal Network - 3/07/2012
The Washington Department of Transportation has published a report presenting recommendations for criteria to be used in defining the Washington State truck intermodal network in...

Eastern Ports Scramble to Get Ready for New Panama Canal Era - 3/07/2012
The expansion of the Panama Canal is set to complete within the next three years allowing vessels large enough to carry twice the amount of...

Houston Business Held Back by Truck Shortages - 3/07/2012
Although the Port of Houston ranks first in the U.S. in ports handling foreign waterborne tonnage and second in terms of overall tonnage, there are...

National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) Newsletter: Fall/Winter 2011 - 3/07/2012
The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) has released their Fall/Winter 2011 newsletter highlighting various freight transportation topics, including: shifting freight...

Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) Factsheets - 2/23/2012
The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program has released factsheets highlighting the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC). These factsheets are targeted for motor...

Floodwaters Are Gone, but Supply Chain Issues Linger - 2/23/2012
Prior to the recent record-setting flood, factories in Thailand produced nearly half of the world's hard disk drives. Even weeks after the floodwaters receded from...

Michigan Releases 20-Year Rail Plan - 2/23/2012
The Michigan Department of Transportation released their 20-year plan guiding the development of freight and passenger rail within the state. This rail plan identifies current...

Mid-America Freight Coalition Freight Notes Newsletter - 2/23/2012
The Winter 2012 edition of the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) Freight Notes newsletter includes articles on the Central Minnesota Freight Study, Developing a Regional Freight...

Transportation, Jobs, and the 2012 State of the Union - 2/23/2012
The recent State of the Union address highlighted Present Obama's blueprint for an American economy built to last; an economy requiring a solid foundation of...

Coming to Term with Today's Supply Chain Challenges - 2/07/2012
This article includes updated definitions on nine significant supply chain terms, why these terms are important to supply chain professionals, and how each term affects...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies January Newsletter - 2/07/2012
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) January Newsletter, a newsletter that provides a regional awareness for improving freight transportation, contains information on the...

Interactive State Transportation Facts and Figures - 2/07/2012
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released an interactive web application allowing users to view state transportation statistics and...

National Cooperative Freight Research Program: A Status Report 2011 - 2/07/2012
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Research Results Digest 3, NCFRP: A Status Report is a staff digest of the progress and status of...

November 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 12.7 Percent from November 2010 - 2/07/2012
Surface trade with the United States, Mexico, and Canada was reported as 12.7 percent higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion...

Expedited Carriers: The Fast and the Furious - 1/24/2012
Technology plays a key role in ensuring that expedited shipments arrive on time to the correct location, and this technology is present from route planning...

Federal Maritime Commission Filings Argue Harbor Tax Doesn't Shift Cargo to Canada - 1/24/2012
Since February 2011, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has been determining if US-bound containers are being shipped through Canadian ports to avoid paying a Harbor...

Freight Facts and Figures 2011 - 1/24/2012
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management of Operations (HOFM) has released Freight Facts and Figures 2011. Among other topics, this publication reviews the...

Smart Roads May Be Reality by 2020 - 1/24/2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have outlined the Smart Roadside Initiate, or a plan to outfit...

The Race to Dig Deeper Ports For Bigger Cargo Ships - 1/24/2012
The completion of the Panama Canal expansion in 2014 will provide post-Panamax vessels, ships that carry two or three times the load of standard freighters,...

Marine Highways Vessel Designs Point Toward the Future - 1/05/2012
The United State Maritime Administration has released 11 new designs for vessels intended to navigate America's costal Marine Highways. These new designs focus on the...

New "Mobile App" Displays Truck Parking For Truckers To Ride Out The Storm - 1/05/2012
The Maryland Department of Transportation in partnership with the Maryland Motor Truck Association and I-95 Corridor Coalition have announced a new pilot project for emergency...

Oregon DOT Receives 70 Applications Requesting $84 Million for Multimodal Projects - 1/05/2012
The Oregon Department of Transportation has received 70 applications requesting over $84 million for the next round of ConnectOregon funding. ConnectOregon, currently in its fourth...

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Releases Port of Toledo Economic Impact Study - 1/05/2012
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation have released a study highlighting the economic impacts of the Port of Toledo....

Santa's Supply Chain: Best in the World? - 12/22/2011
In order to supply gifts on Christmas, Santa requires a superior supply chain. This item from Forbes.com posted on November 28, 2011 entitled Santa's Supply...

The Santa One Story - 12/22/2011
The Federal Aviation Administration offers a holiday-themed example of how NextGen technology can improve Santa's sleigh to benefit the delivery of Christmas gifts, trip predictability,...

What if Santa Had a Supply Chain Problem? - 12/22/2011
This article puts the size and magnitude of Santa's supply chain in logistical perspective by estimating the number of toys, suppliers, and deliveries needed to...

Intelligent Transportation Systems Benefits, Costs, Deployment, and Lessons Learned Desk Reference - 12/19/2011
The United States Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office has released the 2011 update to the Intelligent Transportation Systems Benefits, Costs, Deployment,...

Natural Disaster in China Would Severely Disrupt Global Supply Chains - 12/19/2011
A recent study surveying 100 financial executives of multinational corporations based in North America show that there is significant concern for the potential of natural...

New Cold Warehouse Could Help Region Import Perishables - 12/19/2011
The traditional route for perishables to the United State's West Coast has been by air to Miami International Airport followed by a three-day refrigerated truck...

Secretary LaHood Announces Funding for 46 Innovative Transportation Projects Through Third Round of Popular TIGER Program - 12/15/2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from...

Thai Flooding Swamps Toyota Supply Chain - 12/12/2011
Thailand is a hub for many supply chains in Southeast Asia, and acts as a major source of essential computer hard drive and automotive components....

Characterizing the Tradeoffs and Costs Associated with Transportation Congestion in Supply Chains - 12/05/2011
The Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation at the University of Florida has released a report exploring how cost and congestion influences supply chain...

Commercial Vehicle Safety: 2009 Large Truck Crash Overview - 12/05/2011
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a report exploring safety trends of commercial vehicles in 2009. Highlights of this report find that fatal...

Final Rule: Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones - 12/05/2011
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Hazardous Materials Regulations...

Performance Measures for Evaluating Multi-State Projects - 12/05/2011
The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) has released a report focusing on performance measures used to evaluate multi-state projects. This...

Bureau of Transportation Statistics Releases 2010 State Transportation Statistics - 11/22/2011
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released the eight annual edition of the State Transportation Statistics reference guide including tables that profile transportation activities...

Freight Shipments Rose 0.9 Percent in September from August - 11/22/2011
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.9 percent in September from August 2011. This increase...

Reliability-Based Safety Risk and Cost Production of Large Trucks on Rural Highways - 11/22/2011
This report investigates the safety of large trucks on mountainous highways using data from Interstate 70 in Colorado. In this study, safety indices were developed...

United States Surface Transportation Board to Review Existing Rail Regulations - 11/22/2011
The United States Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced that it is reviewing regulations to determine if they are presently crafted in a way to solve...

Work Begins on Colton Crossing Rail Overpass; DOT's TIGER Program Creating Jobs, Solving Problems - 11/22/2011
Ground was recently broken on a TIGER project for one of California's most congested railroad crossings: an at-grade railroad crossing in Colton, California. This project...

Background Research Material for Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials (NCFRP Report 13) - 11/08/2011
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released this web-only document containing background material used in the development of NCFRP Report...

Establishment of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership - 11/08/2011
The International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce has announced the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. The intent...

Federal Funds to Fight Freight Fatigue - Missouri Plans to Add Truck Parking Along I-70 - 11/08/2011
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has received $1 million in federal funding to build new truck packing spaces along the Interstate 70 corridor. Freight...

Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials - 11/08/2011
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has published Report 13 entitled Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials. The...

The Environmental Protection Agency Honors Freight and Logistics Experts - 11/08/2011
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay partnership has selected six individuals and six teams to be honored as the 2011 SmartWay Champions. SmartWay...

Establishing Multi-State Freight Transportation Organizations - 10/24/2011
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released a web-only document entitled Multi-State Freight Transportation Organizations which explores various strategies and...

Freight Systems 2011: Modeling and Performance Measures - 10/24/2011
The Transportation Research Board's Transportation Research Record Number 2224 has been released and includes 11 papers that explore supply chain broker operations, emissions reduction in...

Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Supports 227,000 Jobs and Generates Billions in Other Benefits - 10/24/2011
A year-long study investigating the economic impacts of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system has been completed with support from members of the maritime...

Group Focuses on Ohio River as Potential Freight Corridor - 10/24/2011
Freight transportation stakeholders in the Cincinnati region are studying the possibility of becoming a major freight corridor after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion...

Mid-America Freight Coalition Quarterly Newsletter - 10/24/2011
The Mid-America Freight Coalition has published the latest edition of their quarterly newsletter entitled Freight Notes. Topics in this edition include regulatory uniformity for freight...

Increase in Rail Freight Leads American Railcar to Increase Hiring in the Midwest - 10/13/2011
Due to the growing demand for railcars, American Railcar Industries has already hired more than 700 employees in their Arkansas and Missouri plants, and are...

Sherman Minton Bridge Shutdown Threatens Freight Transportation - 10/13/2011
The Sherman Minton Bridge connecting Kentucky and Ohio over the Ohio River was shut down on September 9, 2011 after a crack was discovered. Traditionally,...

South Carolina Ports Launch Clean-Truck Program - 10/13/2011
The Seaport Truck Air Cleanup Southeast program (STACS) has been launched by the South Carolina State Port Authority as a voluntary program to help truck...

The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies September Newsletter - 10/13/2011
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) published their September newsletter highlighting exports from the Southeastern United States. Using West Virginia as an example,...

U.S. Ports Racing to Get Ready for Bigger Ships - 10/13/2011
With the expansion of the Panama Canal expected to complete in 2014, East Coast ports are preparing for a potential shift in freight flows from...

Effort to Test, Evaluate and Deploy Technologies to Automate the Measurement of Real-Time Border Wait Times at United States - Canada Land Border Crossings - 10/12/2011
This report documents Phase I findings of a research initiative to develop an automated process for collecting border wait times that will be facilitated by...

Transportation Research E-Circular E-C158: Commodity Flow Survey Workshop - 10/03/2011
The Transportation Research Board has released E-Circular E-C158, the proceedings of the Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) workshop held in November 2010. The workshop explored uses...

Development of Statistical Models to Forecast Crossing Times of Commercial Vehicles - 9/27/2011
Border crossing time measurement systems for commercial vehicles are being implemented throughout the U.S.-Mexico border. These systems are based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology....

Duluth Port Hits 1 Million Tons of Wind Turbines - 9/27/2011
The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has now shipped over 1 million tones of windmill components through the port since 2005. The majority of these components...

FHWA Press Release - September 21, 2011: New Freight Traffic Data Point to More Congestion on Key Highways - 9/27/2011
FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operation with American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), released an updated Freight Performance Measure Report on congestion monitoring at freight-significant...

Freight on the I-80 Network - 9/27/2011
During the harvest season nearly 30 to 40 percent of the truck traffic on Interstate 80 and its feeder network consist of refrigerated trucks carrying...

Longer Combination Vehicles on Exclusive Truck Lanes: Interstate 90 Corridor Case Study - 9/27/2011
The Offices of Freight Management and Operations, and Transportation Policy Studies completed a study on Longer Combination Vehicles (LCV) on Exclusive Truck Lanes, which is...

Impacts of Public Policy on the Freight Transportation System - 9/13/2011
A revised version of TRB National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Report 6 entitled Impacts of Public Policy on Freight Transportation Solutions has been released....

Key Transportation Indicators: August 2011 - 9/13/2011
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released their August update of their key transportation indicators. This report examines transportation indicators in context with the...

Making the Source of Products and Their Supply Chains Public - 9/13/2011
Sourcemap, an initiative created by the MIT Center for Civic Media, aims to give the public information on the source of products and their supply...

Short Line Railroads: Saving an Endangered Species of Freight Transport - 9/13/2011
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) released a report showing how the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board and the SEDA -...

Assessing the Value of Delay to Truckers and Carriers - 8/30/2011
This project evaluates the Value of Delay (VOD) to commercial vehicle operators due to highway congestion. The VOD for congestion influences the private sector's response...

FMCSA Announces Over $8 Million in Grants to Strengthen Truck and Bus Safety in Pennsylvania - 8/30/2011
The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is providing over $8 million in federal grants to improve truck and bus safety across Pennsylvania....

Freight Shipments Rose 2.6 Percent in June from May - 8/30/2011
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 2.6 percent in June from May 2011. This increase...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies August 2011 Newsletter - 8/30/2011
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has recently published an August 2011 edition of their newsletter focusing on exports from the Southeastern United...

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments Releases Regional Freight Plan - 8/30/2011
The Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has released a Regional Freight Plan after completion of a year-long study in its eight-county region....

Freight Transportation Industry Internship - 8/17/2011
The Federal Highway Administration has established the Freight Transportation Industry Internship (FTII) as a new element of its Freight Professional Development (FPD) program. The intent...

May 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 15.7 Percent from May 2010 - 8/16/2011
The United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico was recorded 15.7 percent higher in May...

Methods for Forecasting Freight in Uncertainty: Time Series Analysis of Multiple Factors - 8/16/2011
The University of Alabama in Huntsville has completed a freight forecasting study for the Alabama Department of Transportation. This study used diesel tax collection values...

Port of LA Gets Keys to First Zero-Emission Truck - 8/16/2011
The Port of Los Angeles has begun a yearlong trial program to evaluate zero emission class 8 trucks. The truck being evaluated is powered by...

Truck Drayage Productivity Guide - 8/16/2011
The National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released their Report 11: Truck Drayage Productivity Guide. This guide aims to increase drayage productivity while minimizing...

White House Announces First Ever Oil Savings Standards for Heavy Duty Trucks, Buses - 8/16/2011
Together the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have announced a program to increase fuel efficiency...

HMCRP Report 3: A Guidebook for Conducting Local Hazardous Materials Commodity Flow Studies - 8/09/2011
The Transportation Research Board has released Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP) Report 3, A Guidebook for Conducting Local Hazardous Materials Commodity Flow Studies, to...

Port of Everett to Get its Own Rail System to Manage Freight - 7/28/2011
The Port of Everett, Washington will spend $2.35 million to create an internal rail system to increase the volume of cargo the port can process...

Rails Warn of Lengthy Flood Problems - 7/28/2011
Raising rivers and flooding across the United States are causing delay for many major railroads. Flood waters are preventing trains from entering rail yards, crews...

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2011–2016 Strategic Plan: Raising the Safety Bar - 7/28/2011
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a draft strategic plan for 2011 to 2016. This draft strategic plan is centered on three principles:...

U.S. Cooperation with European Union on Marine Highways will Benefit Everyone - 7/28/2011
The United States Maritime Administration has signed a memo of cooperation with the European Union on marine highways. The goal of this memo is for...

EPA to Tackle Emissions from Trucks Used at Ports - 7/08/2011
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new initiative to reduce pollution produced by dray trucks, or trucks in port facilities used to...

ITD Issues Permits for Transport of Overlegal Loads on U.S. 95, Interstate 90 - 7/08/2011
The Idaho Transportation Department has issued the first two permits for Exxon Mobile to transport overlegal shipment on U.S. 95 and Interstate 90 in Idaho....

Secretary LaHood Announces $527 Million in Funding for New Round of Popular TIGER Grant Program - 7/08/2011
The US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that there is $527 million in funding available for a third round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic...

Virginia Governor Signs Three Bills to Increase Port Traffic - 7/08/2011
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed three port-related bills with an aim to take freight off of the highway and increase port related traffic. The...

2011 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report - 6/27/2011
Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research has released the 2011 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card. This study rates each of the 50...

BTS Transportation Statistics Annual Report - 6/27/2011
The US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released their 2010 edition of the Transportation Statistics Annual Report. This report highlights the...

Can Technology Propel Transportation Industry? - 6/27/2011
The combination of limited funding and global economic uncertainty often put freight companies in a position where they do not feel justified in spending on...

Record-High Exports Driving up Truck Freight - 6/27/2011
According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the export of goods and services for April 2011 were recorded at $175.6 billion, the largest monthly...

State of the Logistics Union 2011 - 6/27/2011
The annual State of The Logistics Union report has been released by Roslyn Wilson and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) discussing logistics...

BTS Releases Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI): Freight Shipments Fell 1.0 Percent in April from March - 6/13/2011
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) was recently updated to include data from April 2011. The...

How New Partnerships Can Benefit our Railroad System -- and our Economy - 6/13/2011
This article illustrates the current state of the railroad system in the Northwestern United States as well as offers examples of strategies which should be...

Performance Measures for Freight Transportation - 6/13/2011
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has recently released a report seeking to develop measures to gauge the performance of the U.S. freight transportation...

Preliminary Observations of the Tsunami's Impact on U.S. Trade and Transportation with Japan - 6/13/2011
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has recently released a fact sheet highlighting preliminary observations of the impacts on trade with Japan as a result...

How the U.S. gets Transportation Policy Wrong--and How to Get it Right - 6/01/2011
In order to improve the United States' transportation policy, coordination and collaboration must be achieved with both public and private organizations. Often it can be...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies May 2011 Newsletter - 6/01/2011
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has recently published a May 2011 edition of their newsletter focusing on export trends for ITTS States,...

The Efficiency Quotient: How Ships, Trains and Trucks Converge - 6/01/2011
The combination of environmental, budget, and congestion issues have recently focused attention on intermodal shipping. This article presents a detailed explanation of the supply chain...

The Future of Rail - 6/01/2011
This article presents a directed dialog between railroad stakeholders of both the public and private sector. Topics of this conversation include the future of railroads...

Unclogging Arteries: Technology Can Help Alleviate Choke Points for Truck Traffic - 6/01/2011
A recent article by the Commercial Carrier Journal highlights the challenges which the commercial trucking industry faces due to growing congestion on America's highways. This...

Decrease in Diesel Exhaust Around Port of Los Angeles Continues Despite Increased Cargo Volume - 5/16/2011
Recent analysis from four air quality monitoring stations in and around the Port of Los Angeles found that concentrations of elemental carbon, an indicator of...

FHWA Document Highlights Livability Principles & Practices - 5/16/2011
A recent State of the Practice report released by the Federal Highway Administration finds that states have been incorporating livability principals into their transportation policy...

Parking Grants Promise Greater Truck Driver Safety and Security - 5/16/2011
The Federal Highway Administration has recently awarded $6.5 million to Michigan and Minnesota to enhance truck parking in each state. The I-94 Truck Parking and...

Testing a Reconfiguration of FAST at the Blaine Port of Entry - 5/16/2011
The spring edition of the Border Policy Research Institute's (BPRI) Border Policy Brief detail a pilot study recently completed at the Pacific Highway port-of-entry in...

Toyota Says No Full Production Until Year's End - 5/16/2011
The president of Toyota has recently announced that production will not return to pre-disaster levels until the end of 2011, citing supply chain disruption. Toyota's...

Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI): Freight Shipments Fell 1.5 Percent in February from January - 5/04/2011
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 1.5 percent to 106.5 in February from its January level. This decrease follows consecutive two monthly increases. TSI's...

NCDOT Awards Nearly $2 Million in Grants to Small Freight Railroad Funds - 5/04/2011
Through the Short Line Infrastructure Assistance Program (SIAP), the North Carolina Department of Transportation has recently awarded more than $1.9 million to nine small freight...

Real-Time Traffic Monitoring Helps Anchorage Keep Pace - 5/04/2011
Together the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) and University Of Alaska Anchorage School Of Engineering are designing new technology to reduce congestion on the...

Second National Port Summit Keeps Maritime Freight Conversation Moving Forward - 5/04/2011
A recent post on the US Secretary of Transportation's blog highlights current efforts to double American exports within five years, including: TIGER grants, Marine Highway...

Virginia Study Identifies Projects and Strategies Most Important to Freight Movement - 5/04/2011
The Virginia Department of Transportation has recently released the second phase of Virginia's Statewide Multimodal Freight Study which presents findings and recommendations to improve freight...

Broken Links: Supply Chain Disruption Causes Changes to Production - 4/15/2011
After years of increasing manufacturing and supply chain efficiency, recent events such as Iceland's volcano and the disaster in Japan display the vulnerabilities of highly...

Japan Firms Hit by Supply Woes After Disasters - 4/15/2011
A recent poll found that nearly 60 percent of Japanese companies have been negatively affected by the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. The same...

The Economic Impact of Traffic Congestion on Truck-borne Freight - 4/15/2011
Researchers at the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education are conducting a study to link the economic impact of delay in truck-borne...

Crises in Japan Ripple Across the Global Economy - 3/29/2011
Due to a global supply chain, effects of the crisis in Japan can be felt all over the world. From automobiles to livestock, companies of...

How We Travel: A Sustainable National Program for Travel Data - 3/29/2011
The Transportation Research Board has released a report, How We Travel: A Sustainable National Program for Travel Data, which investigates the current state of travel...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies March 2011 Newsletter - 3/29/2011
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has recently published a March edition of their newsletter. ITTS provides research data and professional opinion on...

NCHRP Synthesis 410: Freight Transportation Surveys - 3/29/2011
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has recently released their Synthesis 410: Freight Transportation Surveys. This publication analyzes current methods and...

New System to Improve Process for Routing Oversize Truck Loads - 3/29/2011
The Kansas Departments of Transportation and Revenue and the Kansas Highway Patrol have partnered to develop a new system for the oversize/overweight truck permits. This...

Ocean Carriers Cancel More Japan Services - 3/29/2011
In addition to the disruption to the supply chain caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami, leaking radiation from the Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant...

America's Container Ports: Linking Markets Home and Abroad - 3/17/2011
Using the most currently available data, this report provides a summary of freight movements through the United States' container ports from 2009 through mid-2010. This...

National Cooperative Freight Research Program: Current and Completed Projects - Winter 2010 - 3/17/2011
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has recently released a report which summarizes 34 of the program's current and completed projects...

Supply Chain Offers Competitive Edge to U.S. - 3/17/2011
The United States' supply chain provides the nation with a competitive advantage in the global market place. Investments along with sound public policy are needed...

Environmental Standoff Threatens Traffic on St. Lawrence Seaway - 2/23/2011
This article highlights a regulation passed by the State of New York which could affect commercial shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway. In 2008, New...

Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose 1.5 Percent in December from November - 2/23/2011
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.5 percent to 100.0 in December from its November 2010 level. This increase follows one monthly decline. The...

Megaloads Leave Port of Lewiston, Bound for Billings - 2/23/2011
Four megaloads 29 feet wide and nearly 220 feet long have departed from the Port of Lewiston, Idaho by truck bound for Billings, Montana. Each...

Trucks Carry the Most Freight in Almost All States - 2/23/2011
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has recently released their State Summaries from the 2007 Commodities Flow Survey. This summary found that...

Building the Supply Chain Of The Future - 2/04/2011
This item from Forbes.com posted on January 21, 2011 entitled Building the Supply Chain Of The Future describes challenges affecting global supply chains in the...

Georgia Center for Innovation Presents the Logistics Snapshot - 2/04/2011
The Center of Innovation for Logistics, part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has recently introduced the Logistics Snapshot, a new tool to provide...

Grant Signed for the Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Facilities in Alabama and Tennessee - 2/04/2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has recently announced that a $105 million grant agreement has been signed with the Alabama and Tennessee Departments of Transportation....

ITTS January/February Newsletter - 2/04/2011
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has recently published a January/February edition of their newsletter focusing on the Freight in the Southeast conference,...

A Reliable Waterway System is Important to Agriculture - 1/26/2011
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a fact sheet describing the importance of marine transportation to the agriculture industry. The fact sheet,...

Guidance for Developing a Freight Transportation Data Architecture - 1/26/2011
TRB's National Freight Cooperative Research Program (NCFRP) Report 9: Guidance for Developing a Freight Transportation Data Architecture illustrates the results of a study to develop...

Publication: Freight Facts and Figures 2010 - 1/24/2011
This report provides an overview of freight transportation, focusing on the volume and value of freight shipments, the extent of the freight network, industry employment...

Publication: Integrating Freight into NEPA Analysis - 1/21/2011
This handbook is designed to provide information on freight transportation to: 1) professionals responsible for advancing transportation projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)...

FMCSA Issues Proposed Rule on Hours-of-Service Requirements for Commercial Truck Drivers - 1/05/2011
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) News Release Thursday, December 23, 2010

Freight Transportation Modeling, Planning, and Logistics - 1/05/2011
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2168 has been released containing 16 papers exploring aspects of freight transportation, modeling, planning,...

On-time Gift Delivery is No Holiday Miracle; it's the Work of America's Truck Drivers - 1/05/2011
The holiday season means an increase in the amount of goods moved by America's truck drivers. Commercial vehicle drivers are driving more miles during the...

FMCSA Launches New Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program for Commercial Trucks and Buses - 12/21/2010
In an effort to improve both commercial truck and bus safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) launched their new...

Freight-Demand Modeling to Support Public-Sector Decision Making - 12/21/2010
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has recently released a report entitled Freight-Demand Modeling to Support Public-Sector Decision Making. While freight flows are mostly...

Identifying and Using Low-Cost and Quickly Implementable Ways to Address Freight-System Mobility Constraints - 12/21/2010
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has recently released a report entitled Identifying and Using Low-Cost and Quickly Implementable Ways to Address Freight-System Mobility...

Canada Ends US Exemption for Cargo Data - 12/01/2010
Beginning January 1, 2011 Canada will require the data for freight remaining on board cargo to be transmitted 24 hours prior to loading at a...

September 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 19.3 Percent from September 2009 - 12/01/2010
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has reported that surface trade between the United States and both Canada and Mexico was...

BTS Releases 2009 North American Transportation Statistics Database - 11/22/2010
The sixth annual update of the North American Transportation Statistics (NATS) online database is now available. The NATS online database contains comparable transportation-related data from...

August 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 25.3 Percent from August 2009 - 11/16/2010
The USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that trade using surface transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico has increased between August 2009 and...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies November 2010 Newsletter - 11/16/2010
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has recently published a November edition of their newsletter focusing on the Freight in the Southeast conference...

Port of Quincy Holds Important Rural Freight Mobility Summit - 11/16/2010
Over 70 stakeholders from a wide range of industries recently met at a Rural Freight Mobility Summit in Washington State to discuss freight mobility issues...

Port President: State Needs Freight Corridor Overhaul - 11/16/2010
Although over the last decade the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma have spent nearly $1 billion on upgrading their aging facilities and $22 million to...

America's Freight Railroads Celebrate 30 Years of Success under 1980 Staggers Act - 11/09/2010
October marked the 30th anniversary of success for America's freight railroads following the passage of the 1980 Staggers Act. Prior to the Staggers Act, the...

DOT, EPA Propose the Nation's First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses - 11/09/2010
The first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses have recently been announced by the...

Groundbreaking Ceremony Signals Start of 'Green' Marine Highway Project - 11/09/2010
Officials at the Port of Stockton have recently broken ground on California's new Green Trade Corridor, a more efficient transportation system which relies on barges...

DOT Releases New Freight Transportation Data - 11/04/2010
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration released its new version of Freight Analysis Framework, the most comprehensive publicly available data set of freight...

Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Fell 0.6 Percent in August from July - 10/19/2010
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 0.6 percent in August from its July 2010 level. This decline followed two monthly increases, and was only...

CSX Terminal in Ohio to Bypass Chicago - 10/18/2010
CSX Transportation is planning to open their Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in early 2011. This new hub plans to route West Coast rail traffic around...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies September-October 2010 Newsletter - 10/18/2010
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has recently published a September-October edition of their newsletter focusing on a tour of the newly opened...

Measuring Cross-Border Travel Times for Freight: Otay Mesa International Border Crossing Final Report - 10/18/2010
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sought to examine the use of technology to support the automated collection of border crossing travel time data at the...

NY-NJ Port Struggles to Clear Strike Backlog - 10/18/2010
A two day work stoppage by dockworkers of the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) at the Port of New York New Jersey disrupted nearly 11,000 truck...

EPA has released MOVES2010a - 10/01/2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a minor update to their MOVES2010 model, a tool used to estimate emissions released by highway vehicles....

Georgia Chamber and Georgia Ports Authority Present "State of the Ports" in Atlanta - 10/01/2010
At the second Atlanta State of the Port event, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz discussed the importance of Georgia's deepwater ports...

July 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.8 Percent from July 2009 - 10/01/2010
The USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that trade using surface transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico has increased between July 2009 and...

Seattle City Council takes Next Step to Establishing Better Freight Mobility through Seattle - 10/01/2010
The Seattle City Council's Transportation Committee has recently approved legislation creating the Seattle Freight Advisory Board. The goals of this board are to preserve and...

Heartland Corridor Opening a Great Day for Ohio Business - 9/17/2010
Norfolk Southern's Heartland Corridor, a high-speed freight rail corridor between Columbus, Ohio and the Port of Norfolk, Virginia, has recently opened for business. This $191...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies August 2010 Newsletter - 9/17/2010
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) provides research data and professional opinion on the effect of commercial freight movements with a focus on...

Key Transportation Indicators: Air Cargo, State and Local Expenditures Added - 9/17/2010
Two new Key Transportation Indicators have been added by the United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The first new indicator is...

Major Crescent Corridor Improvements Completed - 9/17/2010
The final of six capacity improvement projects in Northern Virginia have been completed for Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor. This last project involved the removal of...

Massive Container Ship Steams up Savannah River - 9/17/2010
The CMA CGM Figaro, the largest ship to ever call on the Georgia ports, has recently sailed up the Savannah River and arrived to the...

CREATE 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project - 9/02/2010
The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), has recently released a website for their 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) to share study...

Federal Register Notice August 27, 2010 - Notice of Funding Availability Application Procedure and Deadlines for the Truck Parking Facilities Program - 9/02/2010
ACTION: Notice; solicitation of applications. This notice solicits applications for the truck parking facilities initiative for which funding is available under section 1305 of Public...

Illinois Restores Truck Access Provision For Length - 9/02/2010
A newly signed law by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow vehicles up to 65 feet in length the ability...

Phase 1 Final Report of the I-70 Dedicated Truck Lanes Feasibility Study - 9/02/2010
The I-70 Dedicated Truck Lanes Feasibility Study is a two-phase feasibility study to determine the need, cost, risk, financing options and practicality to develop dedicated...

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Corridors, Projects and Initiatives Eligible for Funding as Part of America's Marine Highway - 9/02/2010
United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has recently identified 18 marine corridors, 8 projects, and 6 initiatives which will be eligible for federal assistance under...

Duluth Seaway Port Authority Honored with Pacesetter Award - 8/12/2010
The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation recently recognized the Duluth Seaway Port Authority with their 10th prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award. This award is...

May 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 39.5 Percent from May 2009 - 8/12/2010
The USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics found that trade using surface transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico has increased between May 2009 and...

NCHRP Report 661: A Guidebook for Corridor-Based Statewide Transportation Planning - 8/12/2010
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has recently released Report 661 entitled A Guidebook for Corridor-Based Statewide Transportation Planning. This guidebook...

AASHTO Report: Unlocking Freight - 7/23/2010
A new report from AASHTO details the need to increase transportation capacity to deliver freight. The report includes new data, state examples of urgent capacity...

Freight Policy Transportation Institute Newsletter: Summer 2010 - 7/23/2010
The Freight Policy Transportation Institute at Washington State University has released the inaugural issue of its newsletter, which is designed to report on the makeup,...

Manufacturing and Logistics 2010 Annual Report - 7/23/2010
This report, developed by Conexus Indiana, grades states in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics. These specific measures...

NYC Project Uses Off-Hour Deliveries to Fight Gridlock - 7/23/2010
A pioneering project called the Off Hour Delivery Program has shown tremendous potential for getting New York moving again. Developed through a DOT-sponsored collaboration between...

Initial FAF3 Data Now Available - 7/16/2010
Initial estimates from version 3 of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) are now available. Version 3 improves and updates previous FAF estimates, integrating data from...

News Digest: Secretary LaHood Awards $6 Million To Ease Truck Parking Shortages on U.S. Interstates, June 21, 2010 - 7/14/2010
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded $6 million to help address the parking shortage for commercial trucks on five U.S. interstates: I-15 in Utah, I-10...

Innovations in Freight Demand Modeling and Data: A Transportation Research Board SHRP 2 Symposium - 7/09/2010
TRB is sponsoring the Innovations in Freight Demand Modeling and Data: A Transportation Research Board SHRP 2 Symposium on September 14-15, 2010, in Herndon, Virginia....

Freight and Air Quality Handbook - 6/11/2010
This handbook was developed as a resource for states, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and other public- and private-sector organizations to...

Developing a GPS-Based Truck Freight Performance Measure Platform - 6/10/2010
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released a report that explores the feasibility of using global positioning system truck data from commercial, in-vehicle,...

Freight Performance Measures: Approach Analysis - 6/10/2010
The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the state of the art and the state of the practice of freight performance...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies June Newsletter - 6/10/2010
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) provides research data and professional opinion on the effect of commercial freight movements with a focus on...

Unreliable Transportation System Costs May Rival Congestion-Related Costs - 6/01/2010
An article in the May 21, 2010 issue of Today'sTrucking.com discusses the recent study by the International Transport Forum that suggests transportation system reliability costs...

AASHTO Report: A Synthesis of Safety Implications of Oversize/Overweight Commercial Vehicles - 5/27/2010
This report identifies known relationships between commercial vehicle safety and crash causation factors and includes a synthesis of safety implications of oversize/overweight (OS/OW) commercial vehicles....

FHWA Urban Freight Case Studies - 5/27/2010
The reports documents notable practices in urban goods movement. The four urban areas selected were Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, and Washington, DC.

Freight Performance Measures Web Based (FPMweb) Tool - 5/27/2010
FPMweb, measures operating speeds for trucks at any given place and point in time along 25 interstate highways that are considered significant freight routes. By...

Freight Transportation: Global Highlights 2010 - 5/27/2010
The U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released a report that is designed to provide a snapshot of freight transportation...

Development of Brooklyn's Waterfront Infrastructure - 5/12/2010
A new comprehensive waterfront plan was recently announced for New York City. This plan will be an essential framework for the advancement of New York...

Bureau of Transportation Statistics Adds Freight Rail Yields to Key Transportation Indicators - 5/11/2010
Freight Rail Yards, a quarterly measure of revenue per ton-mile for freight railroads has recently been added to the USDOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS)...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies April Newsletter - 5/11/2010
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) provides research data and professional opinion on the effect of commercial freight movements with a focus on...

National Rail Plan Stakeholder Outreach - 5/11/2010
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will hold five public outreach meetings to solicit input to support development of the nation's first National Rail Plan. A...

New Report - The Good Haul: Innovations That Improve Freight Transportation and Protect the Environment - 4/20/2010
A recently released report entitled, "The Good Haul: Innovations That Improve Freight Transportation and Protect the Environment," by the Environmental Defense Fund, highlights a number...

Seaway Tonnage Set to Rebound - 4/20/2010
The St. Lawrence Seaway has recently begun its 52nd navigation season with an increase of the forecasted tonnage volume. Forecasts call for a 10 percent...

Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S. - 3/29/2010
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management and Operations, in conjunction with the I-95 Corridor Coalition, has released a White Paper on Multi-State Institutions...

Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2008 - 3/24/2010
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released its annual report on large truck and bus crashes that contains descriptive statistics...

North American Surface Trade Numbers for 2009 - 3/24/2010
The U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration's (RITA's) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released data indicating that trade using surface transportation between the United...

I-81 Freight Rail Study Released - 3/09/2010
The I-81 Freight Rail Study found that Virginia could remove up to one in three trucks from Interstate 81 with extensive rail improvements. Because of...

Moving Products and People in Tennessee - 3/09/2010
This article, by Tennessee DOT (TDOT) Commissioner Gerald Nicely, discusses TDOT's plans to accommodate the projected 30% increase in freight movement in Tennessee over the...

State of Transportation Planning 2010 - 3/09/2010
This report, produced by the Transportation Planning Division of the American Planning Association highlights highlight important studies and timely topics in the transportation planning field....

Department of Transportation Press Release February 17, 2010: Secretary LaHood Announces Funding for Over 50 Innovative, Strategic Transportation Projects through Landmark Competitive TIGER Program - 2/17/2010

FY 2010 Transportation Planning Broad Agency Announcement Proposals Due by February 15, 2010 - 2/02/2010
The FHWA Office of Planning is soliciting proposals for research and development projects that could lead to transformational changes and revolutionary advances for transportation planning...

Freight Facts and Figures 2009 is Now Available - 1/29/2010
This report is a snapshot of the volume and value of freight flows in the United States, the physical network over which freight moves, the...

Minnesota DOT's First Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan Available for Public Comment - 1/14/2010
Increasing travel options, improving access to goods and services and keeping the state competitive are some of the objectives of the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Statewide...

New NCSL Transportation Operations, Management and ITS Legislation Tracking Database - 1/14/2010
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has developed a Transportation Operations, Management and ITS Legislation Tracking Database. With this tool, you can search 2009...

Virginia DOT Invites Public Comment on I-81 Rail Study - 1/14/2010
The draft report of Virginia's Interstate 81 Freight Rail Study has been issued for public comment by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation...

2007 Commodity Flow Survey Final Data Now Available - 1/07/2010
The Census Bureau has released final data from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey, which provides the foundation for the Federal Highway Administration's Freight Analysis Framework...

America's Freight Transportation Gateways - 1/07/2010
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) recently released America's Freight Transportation Gateways. This report is a data profile of the United...

Institutional Arrangements for Freight Transportation Systems - 1/07/2010
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Report 2: Institutional Arrangements for Freight Transportation Systems explores successful and promising institutional arrangements designed to improve freight...

National Cooperative Freight Research Program: A Status Report - 1/07/2010
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Research Results Digest 2, NCFRP: A Status Report is a staff digest of the progress and status of...

New Publication: Concept of Operations for Virtual Weigh Station - 11/30/2009
This document describes the concept of operations (ConOps) for the virtual weigh station (VWS). The ConOps describes the goals, functions, key concepts, architecture, operational scenarios,...

New Publication: Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Technologies - Implementation Plan - 11/30/2009
The purpose of this Implementation Plan is to recommend strategies to encourage the deployment of roadside technologies to improve truck size and weight enforcement in...

New Publication: Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Technology - State of the Practice of Roadside Technologies - 11/30/2009
Task 2 of FHWA's Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Technology Project. The primary project objective was to recommend strategies to encourage the deployment of roadside...

Expanded Mariposa Port of Entry will Boost International Trade - 11/13/2009
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer met with officials, including the Governor of Sonora, Guillermo Padrés Elías, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the $213 million dollar expansion...

FRA Preliminary National Rail Plan - 11/13/2009
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released their Preliminary National Rail Plan to address the rail needs of the United States. This report was a product...

NARC Releases Goods Movement Resource Manual - 11/13/2009
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) has released a resource manual entitled Building Planning Capacity between Public and Private Sector Partners in the Freight...

Port Updates Incentive Plan for Intermodal Shippers - 11/13/2009
An incentive program, which aims to increase volume of rail cargo through the Port of Long Beach, has been modified by the Long Beach Harbor...

Report to Congress: Highlights of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program - 11/13/2009
In a report to Congress detailing the first year of the National Clean Diesel Campaign, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that they have been...

Announcing the New and Improved FHWA Freight Web Site! - 11/05/2009
The FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM) Web site has been updated to meet users' needs and make information easier to find. The...

Freight Transportation Services Index Rose 0.7 Percent in August from July - 10/20/2009
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has reported that the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased for the second straight...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies October Newsletter - 10/20/2009
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) provides research data and professional opinion on the effect of commercial freight movements with a focus on...

Maryland Statewide Freight Plan - 10/20/2009
Maryland recently released its first statewide freight plan. This freight plan lays out critical issues facing freight and offers strategies to help Maryland prepare for...

Public and Private Sector Interdependence in Freight Transportation Markets - 10/20/2009
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Report 1: Public and Private Sector Interdependence in Freight Transportation Markets is designed as a primer on relationships...

SmartWay Honors Freight Industry Leaders for Reducing CO2 Emissions - 10/20/2009
Held in combination with the American Trucking Association's Annual Management Conference and Exhibit in Las Vegas, the EPA honored 37 organizations with its 2009 SmartWay...

Statement of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on the August Freight Transportation Services Index - 10/20/2009
"The continued rise of the freight transportation service index is evidence that America is moving towards economic recovery. The impact of the American Recovery and...

Illinois Adopts Uniform Law for 80,000-Pound Limit - 10/01/2009
On July 13th, 2009, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the state's capital budget bill which included a new weight law for trucks driving in Illinois....

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies August/September Newsletter - 10/01/2009
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) provides research data and professional opinion on the effect of commercial freight movements with a focus on...

New Brochure: Building Freight Professional Capacity in the 21st Century - 9/17/2009
Efficient freight movement is a fundamental underpinning of our nation's economic strength. Enabling transportation professionals to improve their skills and knowledge to fully integrate freight...

New Publication: Columbus Electronic Freight Management Evaluation - 9/17/2009
In 2007, as part of its Electronic Freight Management (EFM) program initiative, USDOT conducted an EFM deployment test in Columbus, Ohio with partners from a...

Freight Info: Measuring Border Delay and Crossing Times for Freight - El Paso-Ciudad Juarez Bridge of the Americas - 9/03/2009
FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operations is measuring the time required for trucks to cross the Bridge of the Americas and to establish a...

Freight Info: Measuring Cross-Border Travel Times for Freight - Otay Mesa-Tijuana International Border Crossing - 9/03/2009
FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operations is measuring the time required for trucks to cross the Otay Mesa-Tijuana border and to establish a baseline...

2009 National Transportation Atlas Database Released - 8/06/2009
The 2009 edition of the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) has been recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. This...

Exploring Vehicle Size and Weight Solutions - 8/06/2009
The Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program completed an international scan tour of...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) July Newsletter - 8/06/2009
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) July newsletter focuses on forecasted trade in the ITTS region. Trade volume is forecasted to decline throughout...

ITI and NCIT at the University Of Denver Offer Second Freight Training Program for Public-Sector Transportation Planners - 8/06/2009
The National Center for Intermodal Transportation (NCIT) and the Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) at the University of Denver are teaming up to offer a two...

U.S. Logistics Costs Drop for First Time in Six Years, Benchmark Report Says - 8/06/2009
A recently released report entitled "State of Logistics Report" by the Council of Supply Chain Professionals indicates that for the first time in the last...

Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI): Freight Index Fell 1.2 Percent in April from March - 7/08/2009
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) has declined for two consecutive months and is at the lowest level in the last seven years. The TSI...

Notice of Funding Availability for Supplemental Discretionary Grants for Capital Investments in Surface Transportation Infrastructure under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - 7/08/2009
An interim notice was published on May 18, 2009 by the Department of Transportation. This interim notice announced the availability of funding for Transportation Investment...

Recovery Act: The Department of Transportation Followed Key Federal Requirements in Developing Selection Criteria for Its Supplemental Discretionary Grants Program - 7/08/2009
A recently released report assesses the degree to which the Department of Transportation's interim notice follows key federal guidance in developing funding opportunity information and...

AASHTO and TRIP Rough Roads Ahead - Fix Them Now or Pay for Them Later Report - 5/28/2009
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and a national transportation research group named The Road Information Program (TRIP) have collaborated to...

Development of Truck Equivalent Single-Axle Load (ESAL) Factors Based on Weigh-in-Motion Data for Pavement Design in Virginia - 5/28/2009
In order to produce a pavement design that more accurately replicates the traffic loading on roadways, the Virginia Transportation Research Council has released a report...

Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Falls 3.3 Percent in March from February - 5/28/2009
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has reported that the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) has fallen 3.3 percent in March....

Keeping the Global Supply Chain Moving DVD Now Available! - 5/28/2009
This DVD showcases how freight moves through the supply chain, the importance of an efficient transportation system for reliable freight movement, and the impact the...

Bottom Line Technical Report: Highway and Public Transportation National and State Investment Needs - 5/05/2009
This report released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials contains information exploring the long-term capital investment requirements for highways, bridges, and...

The Year-over-Year Decline in Southbound Freight at the Canada - U.S. Border - 5/05/2009
Of all the truck-borne freight entering the United States from Canada, 53 percent of that freight comes through five ports-of-entry. These ports-of-entry are: Blaine, WA;...

Ball State's Manufacturing and Logistics 2009 Report Card - 4/14/2009
The 2009 Manufacturing and Logistics report card grades states in six areas of the economy that impact manufacturing and logistics which include measures of manufacturing,...

California Department of Transportation Announces Temporary Ban of Big Rigs on SR-2 - 4/14/2009
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced a 90-day ban for 5-axle trucks from State Route 2 from I-210 to Angeles Forrest Highway while they...

Clarkson University Offers MBA in Supply Chain Management - 4/14/2009
A new online MBA program has been started by Clarkson University School of Business. This program will allow one to receive a MBA in supply...

January 2009 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Fell 27.2 Percent from January 2008 - 4/14/2009
The combined surface trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico was valued at $47.5 billion in January of 2009. This is the lowest...

RFID Tags for Freight Containers - 3/31/2009
The International Organization for Standardization has created a new tag allowing a more efficient way to identify freight containers. ISO/TS 10891:2009 is the new standard...

Freight Facts and Figures 2008 is Now Available - 3/04/2009
Freight Facts and Figures (Publication Number FHWA-HOP-08-052) contains national statistics and maps highlighting the extent, use, and consequences of freight transportation in the United States.

Maersk Logistics and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Work to Enhance Carbon Footprint Methodologies - 3/04/2009
In order to bring together leaders in supply chain management, Maersk Logistics has joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT...

Talking Freight Seminar on March 18, 2009: Freight Corridor Programs - 2/24/2009
In this session representatives from Canada, Mexico and the United States will discuss freight corridor programs that are currently underway and reveal best practices.

California Ports to Begin Charging Cargo Fees to Raise Money for Cleaner Trucks - 2/12/2009
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will begin collecting a $35 per container fee starting February 18 to help subsidize the replacement of...

Electronic Freight Management - 2/12/2009
This article in the January/February 2009 issue of FHWA's Public Roads discusses the USDOT's Electronic Freight Management (EFM) research initiative. The EFM initiative is addressing...

Freight Systems 2008 - 2/12/2009
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2066 includes 13 papers that explore trip chaining behavior in hybrid microsimulation urban freight...

I-95 Corridor of the Future Development Agreement Approved - 2/12/2009
A key stretch of Interstate 95 from Virginia to Florida is on its way to congestion relief and mobility improvements thanks to an agreement signed...

FMCSA Issues Rule to Improve the Safety of Equipment Used in the Transportation of Intermodal Containers - 1/12/2009
New rules issued in December will significantly strengthen safety requirements for intermodal container chassis. The new regulations make intermodal equipment providers subject to the Federal...

New Direct Rail Service from LA to IN Improves Multi-Modal Transportation - 1/12/2009
CSX and Union Pacific began offering direct rail service from Los Angeles to Avon, IN in September 2008, helping to overcome shipping issues related to...

Peoria, IL Plays Important Role in Logistics - 1/12/2009
As explained by guest speakers at the North Central Illinois Logistics Council's November meeting, Peoria is an important hub in the air and on the...

Freight Story 2008 - 1/06/2009
An updated overview of challenges facing the freight transportation system and responses to those challenges by freight stakeholders, is now available on the web and...

ATRI Releases Analysis of Operational Costs of Trucking - 12/19/2008
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released the findings of its analysis on the operational costs of trucking. The research was sponsored by ATRI's Research...

Bringing Freight Lessons Home - 12/19/2008
This article features lessons from other nations on improving freight transportation indicate the need to set a clear national vision and coordinate public and private...

Data and Tools for Understanding the Goods Movement-Air Quality Connection: Call for Abstracts - 12/19/2008
TRB is sponsoring a workshop on Data and Tools for Understanding the Goods Movement-Air Quality Connection on June 2-3, 2009, in Irvine, California. The workshop...

Economic Downturn Choking Global Commerce - 12/19/2008
Sharply lower consumer spending in the United States and other high-income countries is stalling global trade, causing a surprise downturn in exports from China that...

Guidebook for Estimating the Economic Impact of Air Cargo at Airports - 12/19/2008
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a proposed guidebook for use by airport operators and other air...

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Study Looks at Boosting Green Bay Port's Freight Capacity - 12/19/2008
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will investigate whether renewed demand for container shipping from Great Lakes ports has the potential to usher in...

BTS Reports that U.S. Freight Shipments with Canada and Mexico Reached a Record High in 2007 - 11/24/2008
Goods valued at more than $909 billion crossed the U.S. border in trade with Canada and Mexico in 2007, 4.9 percent higher than the previous...

Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2062: Ports and Waterways - 11/24/2008
The Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2062 includes 9 papers that examine public-private partnerships for port infrastructures, the productive efficiency...

Adapting the Border to Regional Realities: Observations on Exports at Buffalo and Blaine - 11/05/2008
This article looks closely at the nature of the exports flowing from the U.S. to Canada through two major ports. The article goes on to...

American Airlines Cargo Division Announces the U.S. Launch of E-Freight - 11/05/2008
American Airlines Cargo Division (AA Cargo) announced its participation in the U.S. launch of an air cargo industry e-freight initiative which supports a move toward...

BTS Releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for August - 11/05/2008
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, was 4.5 percent higher in...

RFP: Identification and Evaluation of Freight Demand Factors - 10/23/2008
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has issued a request for proposals to describe and analyze demographic, economic, environmental, and other factors that may...

Storm-Related Closures of I-5 and I-90: Freight Transportation Economic Impact Assessment Report - 10/23/2008
The Washington State Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the freight-related, multi-phased analytic analysis approach undertaken to determine the economic impact of...

U.S. Ton-Miles of Freight (BTS Special Tabulation) through 2006 - 10/23/2008
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released an updated special tabulation of ton-miles of freight by mode for 2006. The...

America's Deep Blue Highway: How Coastal Shipping Could Reduce Traffic Congestion, Lower Pollution, and Bolster National Security - 10/07/2008
The Institute for Global Maritime Studies has released a report that explores the potential role for coastal shipping as part of the United States' transportation...

BTS Releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for July - 10/07/2008
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 15.9 percent higher in...

NAFTA Brings Economic Development to Laredo - 10/07/2008
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which went into effect in 1994, has brought significant growth to the Laredo, TX area. Laredo is now...

BBC News Tracks a Shipping Container on its Global Journey - 9/23/2008
A BBC News special will follow a shipping container around the world.

Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose 1.2 Percent in July from June - 9/23/2008
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.2 percent in July from its June level, rising for the fourth consecutive month, as reported by the...

New Missouri DOT Website on Cost Sharing for Implementing State Highway Improvements - 9/23/2008
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently created a website that provides information on cost-sharing for implementing improvements on the State highway system. MoDOT maintains...

Washington State DOT Freight Systems Division Releases Two Key Reports on Freight Mobility - 9/12/2008
The Freight Mobility: Joint Report on Washington State Freight Highway and Rail Projects (developed with the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board - FMSIB), and the...

Report: The State of U.S. Railroads - A Review of Capacity and Performance Data - 9/05/2008
This report, developed by the RAND Corporation, draws from publicly available data on the U.S. railroad industry to provide observations about rail infrastructure capacity and...

The Impact of High Fuel Prices on Logistics Report 2008 - 9/05/2008
According to the eyefortransport 'The Impact of Fuel Prices on Logistics' Report 2008, more than one-third of American logistics executives revealed that their companies have...

YRC Worldwide Shifting Strategies to Handle Changes in the Global and Domestic Freight Markets - 9/05/2008
YRC Worldwide, a conglomerate of logistics and trucking companies, is shifting many of its trucks from less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments to truckload shipments in an effort...

Transportation Implications Of Emerging Economic Development Trends - 9/04/2008
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Results Digest 327: Transportation Implications of Emerging Economic Development Trends explores economic development trends and how transportation...

Freight Movement as an Economic Indicator for the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Area - 8/15/2008
Researchers at Rutgers University recently released a study titled "Freight Movement as an Economic Indicator for New Jersey" that examined the economic impact of truck...

Study Promotes Case for Moving U.S. Freight by Inland River Barge - 8/15/2008
A Modal Comparison of Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public examines the societal, environmental, and safety impacts of freight movements made by barge relative...

Development of a Statewide Freight System Resiliency Plan - 8/08/2008
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released a report that explores insights and findings from the research project to develop a statewide freight...

Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership - 8/08/2008
The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, part of the National Academies' Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) has released a report that explores...

RFP: Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Process - 8/08/2008
TRB's second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has released a request for proposals to develop a strategy or strategies for addressing greenhouse gas emissions...

Globalization Hindered by Shipping Costs - 8/06/2008
The increase in fuel costs is changing the way companies think about the supply chain, causing them to move production closer to home. Link to...

Air Freight Affected by Fuel Costs and Capacity Reductions - 7/24/2008
Shippers are seeing higher charges and fewer options when it comes to air freight. A 70 percent increase in the cost of jet fuel has...

Freight Transport in a Carbon-Constrained Economy - 7/24/2008
The National Transport Commission (NTC) of Australia has released a report that explores greenhouse gas emissions associated with freight transport and proposes long-term actions for...

National Transportation Statistics 2008: Second Quarter Update - 7/24/2008
The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released the second quarter update of its National Transportation Statistics report. The report presents statistics on the U.S....

West Coast Corridor Coalition Trade and Transportation Study - 7/18/2008
The Washington State Department of Transportation has released a report that explores freight-related needs and deficiencies in the seaports, airports, border crossings, and highways and...

Two of Nation's Busiest Interstates Will Get $11 Million for Truck Parking Innovations - 7/14/2008
Two of the nation's busiest interstates will receive $11 million, more than $5 million each, in federal support for innovative strategies to reduce the frustration...

Air Freight Growth Dips Sharply - 7/08/2008
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released international traffic data for May that showed a significant drop in cargo growth to 1.3% while passenger traffic...

Annual Energy Outlook 2008 with Projections to 2030 - 7/08/2008
The U.S. Department of Energy has released it annual report that includes projections of energy supply, demand, and prices through 2030. According to the DOE,...

Freight Academy: An Immersion Program for Public Sector Transportation Professionals - 6/25/2008
The I-95 Corridor Coalition announces the first offering of the Freight Academy - a unique, week-long immersion program designed to efficiently train public sector agency...

Podcasts Now Available for Talking Freight Seminars - 6/24/2008
FHWA is now making podcasts available for the monthly Talking Freight seminars. MP3 audio files will be available for the seminars within two weeks following...

Freight Analysis Framework 2007 Provisional Estimates Now Available - 6/23/2008
The 2007 Provisional Commodity Origin-Destination Data and Documentation are now available on the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) web site. The FAF is based primarily on...

New Publication: Freight Benefit/Cost Study: Phase III - Analysis of Regional Benefits of Highway-Freight Improvements - 6/18/2008
The Freight Benefit/Cost Study is a multi-year effort originating in the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Freight Management and Operations, supported by HDR|HLB Decision Economics...

Connecting Transportation Decision Making with Responsible Land Use: State and Regional Policies, Programs, and Incentives - 6/17/2008
The Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies at the San José State University College of Business has released a report that...

Freight Transportation Services Index was Unchanged in April from March - 6/17/2008
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) was unchanged in April from its March level following the largest monthly decline since August 2006. The freight TSI...

PrePass Saving Truckers Time and Money - 6/17/2008
The PrePass system allows truck drivers using Prepass transponders to have their safety records checked, credentials verified and their weight confirmed without even leaving the...

Toledo Area Working to Position Itself as a Key Multimodal Freight Hub - 6/17/2008
A series of articles featured in the Toledo Blade, discuss how the Toledo area is working to position itself as a key, national, multimodal freight...

PORTS Gives Real-Time Marine Information in Pascagoula, MS - 6/11/2008
The Port of Pascagoula in Mississippi is the sixteenth port to implement a free real-time information system called PORTS. The NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System...

Colorado DOT Report: Freight Data Synthesis - 5/30/2008
The Colorado Department of Transportation has released a report that explores the freight data needed to support transportation planning in Colorado.

Georgia Initiates Freight and Logistics Task Force - 5/30/2008
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced the creation of the state's first Freight and Logistics Task Force. The task force is focused on three primary objectives:...

Missouri DOT Video Shows How Dedicated Truck Lanes Could Work - 5/30/2008
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is studying truck-only lanes as a way to improve safety and reduce congestion during a future reconstruction and expansion...

RFP: Identification and Evaluation of Freight Demand Factors - Proposals Due July 15, 2008 - 5/22/2008
TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a report that describes and analyzes important factors that will...

Freight Rail Industry Surging Due to Global Factors - 4/22/2008
The freight rail industry is in the midst of its largest building boom in nearly a century, due to rising fuel costs for trucks and...

NCHRP Report 606: Forecasting Statewide Freight Toolkit - 4/18/2008
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 606: Forecasting Statewide Freight Toolkit explores an analytical framework for forecasting freight movements at the state level....

Interest in Local Rail Freight Growing in Pennsylvania Town - 3/25/2008
A proposed ethanol plant in Indian Orchard, Pennsylvania has the potential to bring increased rail service, which town officials hope will also help bring in...

Fourteen Northern California Freight Projects Recommended for $825 million in State Funding - 3/18/2008
Fourteen Northern California freight projects have been recommended by California Transportation Commission staff for $825 million in state funding. The projects are competing for more...

The Office of Operations Launched a New Tolling and Pricing Program Web Site - 3/18/2008
Today the Office of Operations launched a new Tolling and Pricing Program Web site. In an effort to create a more user friendly experience when...

California Freight Study Shows Freight and Commuter Trains Can Share Tracks - 3/13/2008
A study conducted by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) agency found that freight and commuter trains can co-exist on tracks running through Sonoma and...

New Class 6 Hybrid Truck Available - 3/06/2008
A new class 6 hybrid truck, produced by Freightliner Trucks and Eaton Corporation, recently went on the market. The truck has the potential to bring...

2008 FMCSA Smart Roadside Workshop - 2/27/2008
The 2008 Smart Roadside Workshop, sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will be an opportunity for stakeholders to not only learn more...

Quick Response Freight Manual Second Edition - 2/20/2008
Quick Response Freight Manual II is an update to the first edition developed for FHWA in 1996. Like its predecessor, the new edition provides background...

Buffalo's Potential for Becoming a Trade and Transportation Gateway - 2/13/2008
The Buffalo, NY region's role as a transportation gateway could strengthen with strategic investment in freight infrastructure according to a recent report commissioned by the...

CSX Transportation Provides Carbon Calculator - 2/13/2008
CSX Transportation has developed an online carbon calculator, which quickly calculates the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions savings of specific rail shipments, providing comparative data among...

Triad Transport/Logistics Inventory and Cluster Mapping Project Study Results Now Available - 2/13/2008
This study, commissioned by the Greensboro, North Carolina Economic Development Alliance, involved a comprehensive data analysis of the North Carolina Triad area's cluster of transport-logistics...

Washington State DOT Launches New Freight Web Site - 2/13/2008
The Washington State DOT's (WSDOT) Freight Systems Division has redesigned their web site in order to better communicate the purpose and direction of their office,...

Alabama Trucking Services Now Online - 1/30/2008
Link to article on etrucker.com.

Brookings report on American Infrastructure - 1/30/2008
A report on the status of the United States' transportation infrastructure.

Miami Commissioners Approve $1 Billion Port Tunnel Project - 1/28/2008
City of Miami Officials approved the final piece of funding for a $1 billion tunnel to the Port of Miami. The tunnel is expected to...

Talking Freight Seminar, February 20, 2008 - 1/24/2008
Event: Quick Response Freight Manual - The Quick Response Freight Manual was recently updated and released. The new updated manual reflects latest analytical tools and...

New Publication: Freight Facts and Figures 2007 - 1/11/2008
This report provides an overview of freight transportation, focusing on the volume and value of freight shipments, the extent of the freight network, industry employment...

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