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Fighting Border Congestion with Innovative Technology - 6/16/2016
The Federal Highway Administration awarded $256,470 in grants to reduce delays at U.S border crossings in New York, Michigan, and Washington through FHWA's Border Wait...

Four States Sign Pact to Create I-10 Corridor Coalition - 6/16/2016
During the peer exchange that took place on June 2, 2016, transportation leaders in four states created a coalition supporting innovation along the Interstate 10...

Governor Cuomo Announces $16.3 Million in Rail Infrastructure Improvements Statewide - 6/16/2016
On June 7, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced $16.3 million to fund rail and port improvement projects under the Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program. These...

Port of New Orleans Posts Record Growth - 6/16/2016
In a recent press release, Port officials proclaimed that 50,974 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEU) moved through the Port of New Orleans during the month of April....

TIGER Works for America - 6/16/2016
The TIGER Discretionary Grant program, currently in its eighth year, has thus far received 337 applications totaling $9.3 billion. The program has awarded grants to...

Talking Freight Seminar on June 29, 2016: Oversize and Overweight Freight Shipments - 6/15/2016
This webinar will discuss the research conducted as part of NCHRP 08-97, Finding and Using Data to Identify and Evaluate Corridors for Transporting Multi-state, Multimodal...

AAPA Hails Senate EPW’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Reauthorization - 6/06/2016
On May 18, 2016, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) passed a stand-alone, five-year reauthorization of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) by the...

FASTLANE Grant Applications Totaling Nearly $9.8 Billion - 6/06/2016
On May 20, 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has received 212 applications totaling nearly $9.8 billion for...

NATSO, Fastport Partner to Help Military Vets Find Jobs with Truck Stops - 6/06/2016
The National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) recently announced a partnership with Fastport to help NATSO members hire military veterans and service members transitioning...

Truck Freight Zone at El Paso-Area Border Crossing Expanded - 6/06/2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a proposed expansion to the commercial freight zone at the El Paso, Texas, border crossing between the U.S....

ATA Honored to Receive EPA SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award - 5/13/2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently honored the American Trucking Association (ATA) with the EPA SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award. ATA has been an award winner...

Faster Video Access Leads Fortune to Deploy SmartDrive Across Fleet - 5/13/2016
A central U.S. trucking company, Fortune Transportation, received a fast return on investment after deploying a video technology from Smart Drive in its trucks. The...

Port of Corpus Christi to Improve Aging Rail System - 5/13/2016
The Port of Corpus Christi has recently completed its first phase of the expansion of its Nueces River Rail Yard. The $18 million project involved...

Six U.S. Ports Win Lewis Pacesetter Awards for 2015 Shipping Volume - 5/13/2016
The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) has selected six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System for the increase in...

Trucking Companies Continue to Report Weaker Results - 5/13/2016
Five freight companies - Covenant Transportation Group, Celadon Group Inc., Patriot Transportation Holding, Echo Global Logistics, and Saia Inc., announced weaker performance earnings on April...

Federal Railroad Administration Awards Louisiana $1.1 Million to Increase Safety at Rail Crossings Along 6-Mile Route in Baton Rouge - 2/22/2016
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded $1.1 million to the state of Louisiana to upgrade and increase the safety of railroad crossings along energy...

PHMSA Releases Preliminary Results for Plains Pipeline Failure Investigation - 2/22/2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today provided a preliminary report regarding its investigation into the Plains All American...

Regional Truck Parking Information System Gets Major Boost with Federal Grant - 2/22/2016
A recent $25 million federal grant is helping eight Midwest states develop a regional truck parking information and management system. The states of Indiana, Iowa,...

2016 Freight Summit - 2/12/2016
Improving the nation's freight network is a key priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation. During the 2016 Freight Summit, participants will have an opportunity...

Cargo Volumes Handled by U.S. Seaports on the Rise - 2/11/2016
According to a newly released U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's report, seaports are seeing a steady rise in waterborne cargo volumes. The 2014 freight tonnages...

Drivewyze to Run Four-State 'E-inspection' Field Demonstration - 2/11/2016
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Wireless Roadside Inspection research project is near completion, the Drivewyze Company (a weigh-station bypass and screening-technology company) is...

FACT SHEET: President Obama's 21st Century Clean Transportation System - 2/11/2016
President Obama recently introduced a plan that would reduce carbon pollution funded by a new fee paid by oil companies. The President's plan would increase...

Senator Helps Secure Funds to Replace Aging Port of New Orleans Trucks - 2/11/2016
The Port of New Orleans has received a federal grant for important upgrades within its Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (Clean TRIP). The $727,000 grant...

Trucking adds 1,500 Jobs in January, U.S. Unemployment Drops Slightly - 2/11/2016
According to the Department of Labor's (DOL) monthly preliminary report, the for-hire trucking industry added 1,500 jobs in January. The total employment figure in the...

ATA Analysis Indicates Long-Term Decline in U.S. Truck-Related Fatalities - 1/28/2016
There has been a short-term and long-term decline in the rate of truck-related fatalities in the U.S. trucking industry shown in recently used road accident...

FMCSA Proposes New Rule for Determining Safety Fitness of Motor Carriers - 1/28/2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on January 20th, a rulemaking proposal designed to enhance the Agency's ability to...

Obama Earmarks $4B for Vehicle Automation Projects - 1/28/2016
U.S Department of Transportation's Secretary Anthony Foxx made the announcement that U.S. President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 budget request will include nearly $4 billion over...

Stepped-Up Enforcement Leads to Federal Railroad Administration's Highest-Ever Penalty Collection Rate - 1/28/2016
On January 20th, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that its stepped-up enforcement of railroad safety regulations has led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection...

TIGER-Powered Transformation for New York's Fordham Plaza - 1/28/2016
On January 20th, the City of New York revealed the new Fordham Plaza which was fueled by a $10 million TIGER grant and $7.2 million...

Does US Port Congestion Need a Rethink? - 1/13/2016
In a new report released by the Journal of Commerce, entitled ‘Long Truck Turn Times in LA-LB Persist after Congestion Clears’, it argues that container...

Maritime Administration Announces Funding Availability for Small U.S. Shipyards - 1/13/2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of $4.9 million in Federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training...

Questions Remain as Driver Coercion Rule is Set to Take Effect at End of January - 1/13/2016
Effective January 29, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) driver coercion rule, formally known as the "Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers," will...

U.S. to Study Flexible Sleeper Berth Rules for Truckers - 1/13/2016
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has decided to spend US$2.5 million to study a flexible hours-of-service safety provision that will allow long-haul truck...

Unified Carrier Registration Enforcement for 2016 Delayed until February 1 - 1/13/2016
Enforcement of the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement has been delayed until February 1, according to an inspection bulletin released this week by the Commercial Vehicle...

FDOT to Complete Regional Freight Study by Summer 2016 - 12/17/2015
State transportation officials are scheduled to complete a proposal to improve freight movement in southwest Florida by the summer of 2016. Preliminary work for the...

FMCSA Proposes Seat Belt Law for Truck Passengers - 12/17/2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to require passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use seat belts on public roads. In the...

Governor Larry Hogan Announces New 30-year Contract for Port of Baltimore - 12/17/2015
Governor Larry Hogan, along with state and local elected officials, on December 3, 2015, announced a new 30-year contract between the Maryland Department of Transportation's...

House Approves Bill to Reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board - 12/17/2015
On December 10, 2015, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and reform the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to improve the...

U.S. Requiring Electronic Logging Devices in Two Years - 12/17/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on December 10, 2015, announced the adoption new regulations that will require the use...

Foxx Calls Highway Bill Funding Insufficient - 12/03/2015
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the proposed funding levels in a multiyear highway bill being finalized in Congress are not enough to ensure the long-term...

National Conversation on Truck Parking Shortages Seeks Solutions - 12/03/2015
Last August, the Department of Transportation released the Jason's Law Truck Parking Survey results confirming a nationwide shortage of safe truck parking. The survey report...

November Freight Trends Show Improvement, but Fleets Unsure About Pre-Holiday Peak - 12/03/2015
November freight trends generally are improving, most fleet executives and experts say, but a repeat of the strong 2014 pre-holiday freight peak that bolstered fleets...

Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers - 12/03/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation published November 30 a Final Rule that sets up new fines for carriers, brokers, shippers and others for pressuring truck...

TIGER helping fix worst freeway interchange in California - 12/03/2015
In Los Angeles County, a 2014 TIGER grant is going toward improvements on a 2-mile stretch of highway where the congested 57/60 freeways converge. The...

I-95 Corridor Coalition Scheduled to Test Truck Parking Notification System - 11/19/2015
A group of transportation agencies along the Eastern Seaboard will begin testing during the month of November an automated technology to advise truck drivers on...

Port of New Orleans Post Record Number in Container Throughput - 11/19/2015
The Port of New Orleans surpassed the half-million mark for twenty-foot- equivalent units (TEUs) handled in a 12-month period for the first time. Port President...

TIGER Grants Help U.S Ports Deliver Prosperity - 11/19/2015
The Port of Hueneme is thrilled to be awarded its first-ever U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant. The $12.3 million grant award provides critical funding...

U.S Rail Carload and Intermodal Volumes are Down for Week Ending November 7, reports AAR - 11/19/2015
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported that both U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes were down for the week ending November 7. Carloads were...

DOT Tool Serves as Guide for Freight Investment Planning - 11/02/2015
The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) is considered the most comprehensive and widely used freight transportation data source in the United States. Every 5 years, the...

Senate Passes PTC Deadline Extension, Confirms Feinberg as FRA Administrator - 11/02/2015
The U.S. Senate passed a short-term surface transportation funding extension that includes a long-term extension of the positive train control (PTC) implementation deadline. The legislation...

U.S Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $500 Million in TIGER Grants Awarded to 39 Projects - 11/02/2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on October 28, 2015, that the Department of Transportation will provide $500 million for 39 transportation projects in 34...

BTS Reports Freight TSI Hits a New All-Time High - 10/21/2015
The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported on October 15, 2015, that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.2 percent from...

DOT to Consider Requiring Auto-Braking Systems - 10/21/2015
The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun work to determine whether it will pursue a federal rule to require new trucks...

EPA Honors Freight Companies With SmartWay Awards - 10/21/2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on October 13 recognized 11 companies in the freight industry, including Con-way Inc.'s Menlo Logistics, for their environmental efforts. The...

FMCSA Helps Steer Veterans Toward Trucking Careers - 10/21/2015
As our population grows by 70 million over the next 30 years, it is know that a boom in freight demand is coming. It is...

Local View: Keep Freight Moving by Investing in Nation's Ports - 10/21/2015
With the U.S. House set to consider sweeping transportation legislation this October, port directors from across the country have issued an urgent call to fully...

National Freight Strategic Plan Proposes a Path Forward - 10/21/2015
On October 18, 2015, the Department of Transportation introduced The National Freight Strategic Plan in Seattle. The plan lays out freight challenges including: the increase...

Bill Introduced to Extend PTC Deadline - 10/08/2015
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's leadership introduced a bipartisan bill on September 30, 2015, that would extend the deadline for railroads to implement positive...

Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Restart Study Data Collection Concludes - 10/08/2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on October 1, 2015 that the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Driver Restart Study has concluded data collection...

New York City, Florida to Pilot Overnight Truck Deliveries - 10/08/2015
In a new Department of Transportation (DOT) pilot program, New York City and Pensacola, Florida, will test delivery and pickup of goods during off-peak hours,...

Reservation Systems, Pay-to-Park Efforts in Critical Eye of New Truck Parking Analysis - 10/08/2015
The American Transportation Research Institute released results of its Commercial Driver Perspectives on Truck Parking survey which is the first in a series of technical...

Study Takes Aim at Rail Gridlock in Chicago - 10/08/2015
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman released a findings report on September 30, 2015, to a group of academics and rail industry officials stating that...

Freight Railroads Say Service Could be Halted Unless Safety Technology Deadline is Extended - 10/02/2015
Widespread disruptions of freight and passenger rail traffic are likely if Congress doesn't extend a deadline to start using certain safety technology before the end...

AAPA Campaign Urges Congress to Fully Fund Freight Provisions in Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill This Fall - 10/01/2015
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said its members would push for full funding of critical freight mobility provisions in legislation that Congress is...

August Cargo Counts Continue Growth at Port of Virginia - 10/01/2015
Cargo counts at the Port of Virginia's facilities, including Newport News, continue to show new signs of growth. The Virginia Port Authority, which operates a...

Darling Updates FMCSA Employees on Top Five Initiatives - 10/01/2015
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Acting Administrator T. Scott Darling sent an e-mail letter to his "FMCSA family" updating employees on the top five priority...

New Bill Would Permit 91,000-lb. rigs with Extra Axle - 10/01/2015
Pointing to productivity and safety benefits, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) announced Thursday that he will introduce legislation to allow 91,000-lb., six-axle tractor-trailers on the federal...

Jason’s Legacy and Jason’s Law: Improving Safety for our Nation's Truck Drivers - 9/09/2015
With nearly six million commercial motor vehicle drivers out on our roads each day that number is expected to increase dramatically by 2045 and the...

Port of Gulfport Continues Recovery - 9/09/2015
Located on the western shore of Gulfport, the port took a beating as Hurricane Katrina made landfall, unleashing the impact of her power on the...

Seven Governors Push for Long-Term Highway Bill - 9/09/2015
The Coalition of Northeastern Governors, a non-partisan association consisting of the governors of New York and the six New England states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts,...

Truck Driving and Inspectors Championships Shine Spotlight on Safety Skills - 9/09/2015
For four days every August, approximately 450 of the trucking industry's safest and most skilled drivers -along with more than 50 of law enforcement's finest...

U.S. Offers $10 million in Grants for Railroad Crossing Fixes - 9/09/2015
U.S. transportation officials on Wednesday offered $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in...

BTS Releases June 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) - 8/25/2015
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 0.3 percent in June...

DOT TIGER on the Loose at the Port of Brownsville - 8/25/2015
A newly completed TIGER Project has opened in the Port of Brownsville, Texas, resulting in a 650-foot marine cargo dock and storage. The benefits of...

Intermodal Freight Slows Shift to East Coast - 8/25/2015
As intermodal freight enters peak shipping season at the nation's ports, West Coast ports appear to be slowing the diversion of freight to East Coast...

Port of Vancouver Opens News Freight-Rail Entrance - 8/25/2015
Port of Vancouver USA officials last week marked the conclusion of a $30 million rail project in Vancouver, Washington, that created a new entrance designed...

Truck Parking Shortages a 'National Safety Concern' - 8/25/2015
A Federal Highway Administration study finds that truck driver parking shortages are a "national safety concern," according to The Wall Street Journal. The study, which...

Can Autonomous Trucks Solve the Driver Shortage? - 8/12/2015
A number of resources indicate autonomous trucks may have the ability to solve the truck driver shortage. One of the reasons for the driver shortage...

Congress Extends Highway and Transit Funding for Three Months - 8/12/2015
Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on July 30th, one day before the deadline...

GAO Report Supports Positive Safety Impact of Hours-of-Service Rule - 8/12/2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a response to the recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that examined the Agency's 2014 study...

New Report Predicts Continued Growth in Freight, Trucking - 8/12/2015
A new report released by American Trucking Associations projects freight volumes will increase by nearly 29 percent over the next 11 years. Due to continued...

TIGER Demand Again Outpaces Available Funds; Demonstrating Need for Greater Investment - 8/12/2015
Since 2009, our TIGER competitive grant program has provided a combined $4.1 billion to 342 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and...

Diesel Prices for Truckers Drop Across the Nation Last Week - 7/13/2015
For a fifth consecutive week, the price of diesel fuel at truck stops throughout the nation continued to decline with the average price for a...

FMCSA Urged to Expedite Trucking's Risk-Based Enforcement Programs - 7/13/2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is being urged by industry groups to step up its efforts to integrate more risk-based assessments into its...

PHMSA Releases Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery and Accident Notification Regulatory Proposal - 7/13/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today proposed new requirements to strengthen Federal pipeline safety regulations related to pipeline...

Plenty of Company in Campaign for Long-term Transportation Bill - 7/13/2015
Congress has only 24 days until America's surface transportation law expires and our Highway Trust Fund crosses a dangerously low threshold. Although the current law...

Port of Portland Searches for Solutions with Container Shippers Gone - 7/13/2015
International trade routes have changed for Oregon importers and exporters. With the departure of container shippers Hanjin of Korea and Hapag-Lloyd of Germany earlier this...

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rises 1.1% in May; Posts 1.8% Year-Over-Year - 6/30/2015
The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.1 percent in May, following a revised loss of 1.4 percent during...

BTS Releases April 2015 North American Freight Numbers - 6/30/2015
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $93.3 billion in April 2015 as all modes but air carried less U.S.-NAFTA freight than in April 2014, according to the TransBorder...

Commodity Flow Survey Microdata - Now Available - 6/30/2015
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau released a public use microdata product from the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS). This new...

EPA, DOT Propose Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks - 6/30/2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing standards for medium- and heavy-duty...

R.I. Senate approves bill that would create toll for trucks - 6/30/2015
The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would create a new toll on large commercial trucks to raise money for repairs to...

Veterans Transition into Civilian Jobs as Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers in Record Numbers through USDOT/FMCSA Program - 6/30/2015
More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have now taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Military...

ATA's Trends Report Shows Trucking Remains Dominant in Transportation - 6/18/2015
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has released American Trucking Trends 2015 report which shows that trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation...

BTS Releases April 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) - 6/18/2015
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland...

Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2013 - 6/18/2015
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released the annual edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts which contains descriptive statistics about fatal,...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $1 Million in Emergency Relief Funds for Oklahoma's Flood-Damaged Roads - 6/18/2015
To help the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) cover the costs of repairing federal-aid roads recently damaged by floods and torrential rains throughout the state,...

USDOT Releases Technical Reports on Truck Size and Weight - 6/18/2015
U.S. Department of Transportation released a series of technical reports on truck size and weight for peer review and public comment as a major step...

‘Stop Gap’ Highway Funding Bill Sent to Obama’s Desk for Signature - 6/03/2015
Both houses of Congress have signed off on a temporary fix to the nation's highway funding bill, with the House sending the bill to the...

BTS Releases March 2015 North American Freight Numbers - 6/03/2015
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $96.1 billion in March 2015 as three out of five transportation modes — air, rail, and truck — carried more U.S.-NAFTA freight...

Funding Shortfall Puts New US 395 North Spokane Corridor Highway Project on Hold - 6/03/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau met with workers today in Spokane, WA and received a progress report on the...

MARAD Announces Funding for Air Emissions/Alternative Energy Projects - 6/03/2015
Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $1.3 million in Federal funding is now available through cooperative agreements for projects supporting vessel emissions reductions and...

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Corrective Action Order to Plains Pipeline, LP - 6/03/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a Corrective Action Order (CAO) to Plains Pipeline, LP, the operator...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $3 Million in Emergency Relief Funds for Storm-Damaged Roads in Kentucky - 6/03/2015
To help the State of Kentucky recover from last month's rain-caused flooding and mudslides which resulted in embankment failures and road and bridge damage, U.S....

BTS Releases February 2015 North American Freight Numbers - 5/08/2015
The TransBorder Freight Data released April 22, 2015 by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) showed the U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $85.7...

DOT Agencies Take Coordinated Actions to Increase the Safe Transportation of Energy Products - 5/08/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced with its agencies, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a package...

FHWA Providing Funds for Freight Movement Pilot Programs - 5/08/2015
The Federal Highway Administration announced the availability of up to $200,000 in research funds to pilot the implementation of off-hours goods movement and delivery programs...

Secretary Foxx Designates Three Marine Highway Projects - 5/08/2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects. A marine highway project is a planned service, or expansion of an existing...

With DOT support, American shipyard launches world's first LNG-powered container ship - 5/08/2015
The world's first Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) powered container ship was commissioned this week by TOTE Maritime, and financed in part by a $324.6 million...

Bill H.R.1371 - Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015 has been introduced in to Congress - 4/24/2015
This bill seeks to improve the data being used under the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. It would authorize a study of six areas of...

Port of Corpus Christi GROWing Economic Opportunity - 4/24/2015
The first phase of a planned railyard expansion at the Port of Corpus Christi has been completed. Funded by a $10 million DOT TIGER grant...

RAILS: Communication key to avoid deadly crashes, experts say - 4/24/2015
Without proper communication between the rail and trucking industry, the railroads proposed high tech safety system will do little to prevent crashes at road crossings....

Transportation Statistics Annual Report - 4/24/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released the 18th edition of the Transportation Statistics Annual Report (TSAR). The report presents key...

Work Begins on Boulder City Bypass - 4/24/2015
Groundbreaking for the $318 million Boulder City Bypass project in Clark County, Nevada occurred April 6. The project, designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve...

Beyond Traffic: US DOT's 30 Year Framework for the Future - 3/30/2015
USDOT will host a series of Virtual Sessions that focus on different themes in the Beyond Traffic Framework. Sessions include: How We Move, How We...

Bureau of Transportation Statistics - 3/30/2015
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released the 2014 North American Freight Numbers. The report includes data for all five modes of transport: Truck, Rail,...

NCLS Transportation Update - 3/30/2015
The Transportation Update is a National Conference of State Legislatures' newsletter which provides updates on transportation related bills, regulations and news from the U.S. Congress,...

Options to Fix the Highway Trust Fund - 3/30/2015
The United States federal government funds highway and transportation spending through the Highway Trust Fund. Since 2008, the fund has spent more money than it...

ADOT ECD continues its mission to provide for a safer Arizona using technology to move ahead in 2015 - 3/27/2015
The Arizona Department of Transportation's Enforcement and Compliance Division is responsible for investigating and enforcing federal and state laws governing commercial vehicle operations. They also...

Coordination Between State Transportation Agencies in Multi-State Metropolitan Planning Areas: A Survey of State Practice - 3/27/2015
The Minnesota Department of Transportation sponsored a survey of a select group of states expected to work with multi-state Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). The goal...

Exploring the Role of Natural Gas in U.S. Trucking - 3/27/2015
The University of California, Davis, examined whether the use of natural gas in the heavy-duty trucking sector would provide a cost savings to fleets and...

Improvements to Data-Driven Oversight Could Better Target High Risk Carriers - 3/27/2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) goal is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Most recently, the FMCSA has...

Integrated Freight Network Model - 3/27/2015
The University of Kentucky's Kentucky Transportation Center released a case study on their Integrated Freight Network Model (IFNM). This model was developed to try to...

Arizona DOT Launches Web-Based Tool for Commercial Carriers, Drivers - 2/26/2015
The Arizona Department of Transportation recently launched a new online tool called Electronic Permit and Routing Online, or ePRO. This one-stop, self-service tool helps commercial...

Freight Systems 2014, Vol. 2: Urban Freight, Hazardous Materials, and Trucking - 2/26/2015
TRB's Transportation Research Record (TRR): Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2411 Freight Systems 2014, Vol. 2: Urban Freight, Hazardous Materials, and Trucking consists...

Idaho Lawmakers Consider Gas Tax Increase to Address Truckers' Concerns About Failing Roads and Bridges - 2/26/2015
As weight restricted bridges due to deteriorating conditions have become more common across Idaho, truckers are becoming increasingly frustrated at the need for additional permits,...

National Multimodal Freight Analysis Framework Research Workshop - 2/26/2015
The Federal Highway Administration has released a report that summarizes a one-day workshop on national multimodal freight analysis framework research, including the state of the...

Transportation Planning to Support Economic Development: An Exploratory Study of Competitive Industry Clusters and Transportation in Minnesota - 2/26/2015
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a report that explains the relationship between transportation and economic development by investigating how firms in competitive industry...

Hearing on Freight Rail Transportation - 2/12/2015
On January 28, 2015, the U.S. Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to explore challenges facing the United States' freight rail...

Port of New Orleans Sees Record Container Volume in 2014 - 2/12/2015
The addition of new shipping services and an uptick in the national economy contributed to record container volumes at the Port of New Orleans in...

Study of the Regulatory Issues Affecting Truck Freight Movement in the Midwest - 2/12/2015
The Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University has released a report that investigates regulatory issues that may affect or limit freight...

Tennessee SmartPark System Helps Truckers Find Parking Spaces - 2/12/2015
The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have teamed up on a project known as SmartPark to test a truck...

West Coast Ports Issues May Affect Freight Flows Across the Nation - 2/12/2015
A coalition of transportation and industrial trade associations has found that long standing container handling problems at 29 U.S. West Coast seaports is causing manufacturers...

2015 Pocket Guide to Transportation - 1/26/2015
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released their 2015 update of the Pocket Guide to Transportation. This publication presents transportation...

Congestion at United States Ports is the Federal Maritime Commission Priority for 2015 - 1/26/2015
In 2014, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) completed four regional listening sessions to discuss issues at ports. One of the top issues raised during these...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Award $30 Million in State Grants to Advance Real-Time Safety Technologies - 1/26/2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be awarding $30 million in grants to States that modernize technology infrastructure to improve the collection and...

Minnesota Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input on State Rail Plan - 1/26/2015
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be holding nine public outreach meetings and accepting written comments on the draft Minnesota State Rail Plan. This...

New Online Tool Helps Truck Drivers in Washington Plot Route, Avoid Bridge Strikes - 1/26/2015
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released a new online tool that allows truck drivers to more easily research bridge heights and plot...

Advances in Superload Permit Processes and Practices - 1/12/2015
Administered by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the U.S. Domestic Scan Program has released a report exploring leading practices in permitting overweight/oversize truck...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2014 Achievements Pave Way for Promising 2015 - 1/12/2015
Among the list of accomplishments completed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2014, several stand out. In 2014, FMCSA advanced their mission...

Iowa Rail Toolkit to Promote Freight Rail - 1/12/2015
The Iowa Department of Transportation has developed a rail toolkit to serve as a resource guide geared toward new freight rail users and economic development...

Port of Virginia Sets New Annual Record for Container Volume - 1/12/2015
The Port of Virginia handled more than 2.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2014, a 7.6 percent increase over 2013 and a new port...

Quantifying Economic Benefits for Rail Infrastructure Projects - 1/12/2015
The Missouri Department of Transportation has published a report investigating a methodology to better quantify economic benefits for rail infrastructure projects. This report presents three...

Air Pollution Down Thanks to California's Regulation of Diesel Trucks - 12/31/2014
Between 2009 and 2013, the average emission rate for trucks at the Port of Oakland decreased by 76 percent for black carbon and 53 percent...

Audit Template for Inland Port Sustainability - 12/31/2014
Researchers with the Kentucky Transportation Center have developed an audit template to assess port sustainability. The audit template is intended for inland port operators to...

Estimating the Economic Impact of Air Cargo Operations at Airports - 12/31/2014
The Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program has completed a web-only document investigating the economic impact of air cargo operations at airports. This two-part...

South Dakota Public-Private Partnerships Result In $56 Million Rail Investment - 12/31/2014
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has announced a $56 million public-private railroad investment. This investment will benefit four rail projects through the State. Due to...

Wisconsin Finalizes Rail Purchase to Support Freight Rail System - 12/31/2014
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finalized the purchase of 70 miles of rail line in Wisconsin bringing the total of State-owned track to nearly 600 miles....

Freight Railroads Sound Alarm for Chicago Gridlock - 12/05/2014
Using lessons learned from last winter, railroads in Chicago are rushing to prepare for the upcoming winter season. Railroads have added additional container parking spaces,...

Freight Tricycle Operations in New York City - 12/05/2014
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York State Department of Transportation have completed a study understanding freight tricycle operations in...

Integrating Marine Transportation System Commerce Data with Multimodal Freight Transportation Performance Measures - 12/05/2014
The Transportation Research Board's National Freight Cooperative Research Program (NCFRP) has released report 32 entitled Integrating MTS Commerce Data with Multimodal Freight Transportation Performance Measures...

Minnesota Department of Transportation Announces First Statewide Plan for Ports, Waterways - 12/05/2014
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations has published their first statewide plan for ports and waterways. This plan documents...

United States, Mexico Reach Modernized Aviation Agreement - 12/05/2014
The United States and Mexico have entered a new, modernized air service agreement. This new agreement will strengthen the economic ties between the two countries...

Federal Railroad Administrator Joins Congresswoman Granger to Open Texas' Busiest Rail Interlocking - 11/24/2014
The Federal Railroad Administration held a ribbon cutting event to re-open a 141-year-old railroad interlocking that will improve safety while relieving rail congestion following a...

Perceptions of Freight Transportation - 11/24/2014
Working with the University of Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Transportation has completed a study to better understand the public perception of freight movement in...

Port Planning and Investment Toolkit - 11/24/2014
The United State Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) in partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is working to develop an easy-to-read...

Truck Freight Commodity Flows: US 395 North of Spokane Washington - 11/24/2014
The Washington State Department of Transportation has completed a study that included a series of truck surveys at three key locations along the US 395...

White House Says Ports, Workers Must Handle Labor Dispute - 11/24/2014
The White House will not be intervening with the on-going labor dispute affecting 20,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. This dispute is...

Developing Freight Fluidity Performance Measures - 11/13/2014
The Transportation Research Board has completed their documentation of the Developing Freight Fluidity Performance Measures: Supply Chain Perspective on Freight System Performance Workshop held in...

Development of Performance Measurement for Freight Transportation - 11/13/2014
In coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and Federal Highway Administration, researchers from the Louisiana State University have...

Oversized Cargo Keeps U.S. Production on Track - 11/13/2014
Even with the number of logistics and safety considerations, the number of overdimensional shipments is growing percentage in the United States. This increase in shipments...

Place Central to Metropolitan Trade and Freight Investment - 11/13/2014
While major metropolitan areas are often a hub linking different trade markets, there is not a clear understanding of exactly what goods are moving through...

Shipping Infrastructure Problems Roiling the River - 11/13/2014
The combination of a long winter and heavy rains has caused several issues slowing barge traffic along the Mississippi River. The economic impact from this...

Federal Railroad Administration Eliminates One of the Nation's Largest Rail Chokepoints in Chicago - 10/27/2014
The Federal Railroad Administration's High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program has provided $126M in funding to the Englewood Flyover project in Chicago to reduce rail...

Florida is Poised to Benefit from New Intermodal Centers - 10/27/2014
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is strategically positioning the state to improve transportation efficiencies and operate as global transportation hub. This item discusses several...

Freight Data Architecture Business Process, Logical Data Model, and Physical Data Model - 10/27/2014
The Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas has published a report summarizing best practices in freight data-sharing activities. This report includes information...

Great Lakes Ports Rebound to Pre-recession Levels - 10/27/2014
The American Great Lakes Ports Association has announced that cargo volumes at ports along the Great Lakes are returning to pre-recession levels. These increases are...

Iowa Statewide Heavy-Truck Crash Assessment - 10/27/2014
With a goal of reducing heavy-truck crashes, researchers have completed a project that looked to identify the causes, locations, and other factors related to heavy-truck...

Customs and Border Protection Review Progress on Northern Border Trade and Security Initiatives - 10/15/2014
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently delivered an update on border trade and security for the American/Canadian border. Recent progress includes international cooperation, including private-sector...

Officials Sign Partnership Agreement for Port of Savannah Harbor Deepening - 10/15/2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Georgia Ports Authority have signed a project partnership agreement to begin the...

Retailers Seek Port Labor Accord to Avoid Holiday Delays - 10/15/2014
Retailers are concerned that the on-going negotiations between workers and management of West Coast ports may affect shipments for the holiday season. The National Retail...

Truck-Rail Intermodal Toolkit: User Manual - 10/15/2014
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a truck-rail intermodal toolkit to assist planners with relating truck and rail freight movements within...

Help the USDOT Identify Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) - 10/02/2014
In the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, Congress asked USDOT to work with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive list of PNRS...

Bureau of Transportation Statistics Releases State Transportation Statistics 2014 - 9/29/2014
The United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released the 2014 update to the State Transportation Statistics report. Chapter 3 of...

Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Honors Green Freight Industry Leaders - 9/29/2014
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced the 2014 winners of the SmartWay Excellence Awards for shippers and logistics companies in the United States....

Eroding Soybean Competitiveness and Market Shares: What Is the Road Ahead? - 9/29/2014
A recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture investigated changes in the market share of the world's soybean market. This report includes an...

South Dakota Prepares 2014 State Rail Plan - 9/29/2014
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has presented their 2014 State Rail Plan to the state's Railroad Board. This plan addresses both freight and passenger...

Vice President Joe Biden Touts Ports During Norfolk Tour - 9/29/2014
During a recent visit the Port of Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden discussed the need for improvements to maritime infrastructure to maintain the economic competitiveness...

Electronic Detection System to Steer Trucks off New York Parkways - 9/15/2014
The New York Department of Transportation is preparing to test a deployment of a new over-height detection system at five parkway entrance ramps to decrease...

Incorporating Truck Analysis into the Highway Capacity Manual - 9/15/2014
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released Report 31: Incorporating Truck Analysis into the Highway Capacity Manual. This report developed...

Michigan Unveils I-94 Truck Parking Information and Management System - 9/15/2014
The Michigan Department of Transportation has started their Truck Parking Information and Management System (TPIMS) to provide real-time parking availability information to truck drivers along...

Natural Gas for Waterborne Freight Transport: A Life Cycle Emissions Assessment with Case Studies - 9/15/2014
The United States Maritime Administration has published a report studying total fuel cycle emissions associated with natural gas as a marine fuel. Findings from the...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces 72 TIGER 2014 Recipients - 9/15/2014
The U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced the 72 transportation projects selected for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2014 program totaling $584...

Minnesota DOT's Parking Availability System Helps Truckers - 9/04/2014
New technology along the Interstate 94 corridor west and northwest of the Twin Cities is helping truckers find safe places to park. Three Minnesota Department...

As Exports Rise, Maritime Moves America - 8/29/2014
The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) offers a number of programs to assist seaports in modernizing, expanding, and improving their facilities. Two examples include StrongPorts...

Deal with Washington Seaport to Send Rail Cars to North Dakota - 8/29/2014
An agreement between the Port of Vancouver and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture will provide a dedicated service to ship grains and other agricultural...

SHRP2 Second Symposium Report: Innovations in Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement October 21–22, 2013 - 8/29/2014
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has released the prepublication version of the report detailing the C43TRB Second Symposium on Innovations in Freight Demand Modeling and...

U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions - 8/29/2014
The United States Federal Maritime Commission will hold a forum discussing seaport congestion. This forum will invite industry stakeholders, regulators, and the general public for...

Using Truck Fleet Data in Combination with Other Data Sources for Freight Modeling and Planning - 8/29/2014
The Florida Department of Transportation has completed a report investigating the use of truck GPS data for us in statewide freight modeling and planning applications....

Coordinating the Use and Location of Weigh-In-Motion Technology for Kentucky - 8/20/2014
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a report discussing the use of weigh-in-motion (WIM) technology within the state. This report details the application of WIM...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Improves Display of Data on Safety Measurement System Website - 8/20/2014
The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed an update to their Safety Measurement System website to make their website more user-friendly. This...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies August 2014 Newsletter - 8/20/2014
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has published their August newsletter. Among other updates, this issue includes discussions on the importance of maritime...

Making Seaports Resilient as Part of Extended Intermodal Supply Chains - 8/20/2014
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released a report focusing on how disruptive events affect United States seaports. Through a...

Making Trucks Count: Innovative Strategies for Obtaining Comprehensive Truck Activity Data - 8/20/2014
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released a report highlighting innovative approaches for obtaining comprehensive truck-activity data that can be...

Creating a More Sustainable Future with the Maritime Shipping Industry - 8/04/2014
New industry standards and innovations in the maritime shipping industry are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable future. United States Maritime Administrator...

Economic Study Shows Port of Boston Generates Jobs - 8/04/2014
The Massachusetts Port Authority has published findings from their studying investigating the economic impacts of the Port of Boston to the surrounding region. This report...

Investing in Infrastructure: State of Wisconsin Moves Forward with Rail Purchase - 8/04/2014
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission are moving forward with purchasing a 70-mile segment of freight rail line to support...

National Freight Advisory Committee Issues System Improvement Recommendations, Moves Closer to Strategic Plan - 8/04/2014
The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) has published their report to the United States Department of Transportation that includes 81 recommendations to improve the country's...

Proposed Port of Cincinnati Statistical Boundary Re-designation - 8/04/2014
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is considering a proposal from the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and the Northern Kentucky Port...

As Panama Canal Expands, West Coast Ports Scramble to Keep Big Cargo Vessels - 7/15/2014
The Panama Canal expansion will affect goods movement in and around the United States in many ways. This article discusses potential changes to global shipping...

Freight Shipments in May 2014 Reach All-time High - 7/15/2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' (BTS) reports that their Transportation Services Index (TSI) has risen to an all-time high of 120.0,...

Integrating Freight Considerations into Collaborative Decision Making for Additions to Highway Capacity - 7/15/2014
The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C15 has released a prepublication report on Integrating Freight Considerations into...

Online Tool to Calculate Economic, Environmental Freight Costs - 7/15/2014
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Delaware, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration have completed a five-year initiative to...

Wyoming Seeks Public Input on Statewide Freight Plan - 7/15/2014
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is developing a Statewide Freight Plan to integrate freight elements into the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, expand economic...

Freight Facts and Figures 2013 - 7/14/2014
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management of Operations has released Freight Facts and Figures 2013. This report is a snapshot of the volume...

Draft California Freight Mobility Plan Available for Public Comment - 7/01/2014
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP) public-review draft. The CFMP is a statewide, long-range plan with the...

Multimodal Freight Project Prioritization Review and Methodology - 7/01/2014
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has completed a study to understand the gap between the state of the science for freight project impact estimation...

President Obama Signs the Water Resources Reform and Development Act - 7/01/2014
President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA) on June 10, 2014. WRDA authorizes the United States Army Corps of Engineers to...

Suggestions for Improving Cross-Border Mobility and North American Competitiveness - 7/01/2014
Experts from government, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector convened on May 15, 2014 for the Streamlining the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness seminar...

U.S. Maritime Administration Announces Call for Projects for America’s Marine Highways - 7/01/2014
The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) is accepting project applications for Marine Highway designations until September 30, 2014. Eligible projects should establish new or enhance...

Federal Highway Administration to Conduct Off Hours Freight Delivery Pilot - 6/10/2014
The Federal Highway Administration will award up to $450,000 in research pilots to test the delivery of goods during off-peak hours in urban areas with...

Freight Commodity Flows: Selected Washington State Highways - 6/10/2014
Researchers from Washington State University have conducted a series of seasonal truck surveys at seven locations across Washington State. The results of these surveys allowed...

Sustainability Strategies Addressing Supply-Chain Air Emissions - 6/10/2014
The Transportation Research Board's Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has released Report 28 discussing strategies for environmental improvement, enhancing performance, and promoting social responsibility of...

Trade and Transport Corridor Management Toolkit - 6/10/2014
The World Bank has published a toolkit discussing: methods to identify issues and constraints of trade along a corridor, determine a corridor's performance, understand options...

Survey on Projects of National and Regional Significance - 5/29/2014
Section 1301 of SAFETEA-LU established a program to provide grants to States for Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) to improve the safe, secure,...

Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies April Newsletter - 5/21/2014
The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) has published their April newsletter. Among other updates, this issue includes a summary of the ITTS Conference,...

Key Issues Related to Commercial Activity in the United States Arctic over the Next Decade - 5/21/2014
The United States Government Accountability Office has released a report documenting key issues related to commercial activity in the United States Arctic over the next...

North Dakota Department of Transportation Accepting Public Input on State Strategic Freight System - 5/21/2014
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is holding three public input sessions to discuss the designation of a state strategic freight system and the...

Oregon, Iowa Department of Transportation Directors Talk Freight at Senate Roundtable - 5/21/2014
Directors from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Iowa Department of Transportation attended a Senate Environment and Public Works Roundtable to discuss the steps the...

Port of Albany Might Help Congestion at Ports Downstate - 5/21/2014
Experts believe that the completion on the Panama Canal expansion in 2016 will bring increased ship traffic to East Coast ports. Officials at the Port...

Maritime Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking for Final Stage of $50 Million Port of Guam Expansion Project - 4/29/2014
Officials have broken ground on the Port of Guam modernization project. This project represents a $50 million port improvement project administered by the United States...

Missouri Department of Transportation Launches Next Phase of Missouri Freight Plan - 4/29/2014
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has begun their next phase of the Missouri Freight Plan: engaging business, local leaders, and freight industry stakeholders in...

Registration Available for the Third Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study Stakeholder Input Meeting - 4/29/2014
The USDOT will hold the third of four stakeholder input meetings to provide stakeholders with an update on the MAP-21 Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight...

Transport Topics Releases Special Report on Alternative Fuels - 4/29/2014
Transport Topics Publishing Groups has released a special report discussing alternative fuels for trucking, logistics, and freight industries. This report discusses the use of alternative...

United States Army Corps of Engineers Offers Its Final Approval for Jacksonville Harbor Deepening - 4/29/2014
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final Chief's Report approving the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project. This project would deepen the existing...

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...

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....

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