The Mid-America Freight Coalition

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MAFC is a regional organization that cooperates in the planning, operation, preservation, and improvement of transportation infrastructure in the Midwest.

On February 11, 2014 MAFC Program Manager Ernie Perry and CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams joined the ASCE NW branch for a site visit of Lock and Dam 8 at Genoa, Wisconsin. This lock is currently undergoing renovation and is completely dewatered, allowing attendees a unique opportunity to see the maintenance on the lock’s miter gates, bubbler system, and walls.

Lock and Dam 8 sees roughly 1500 commercial and 4500 recreational locks during the open-water season that lasts from April to December. The 600-foot lock is undergoing maintenance during the winter while the Upper Mississippi is closed to navigation. This 20-year maintenance doubles the number of USACE employees to more than forty.

Perry and Adams attended this event as part of their work with the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Master Plan and as part of CFIRE’s ongoing support of marine freight in the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC).

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
Madison, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is seeking an Economic Development and Freight Section Chief.

This position directs the development of new state strategies to address the growing importance of transportation’s support of the state’s economy. This involves difficult negotiations with high level officials in other agencies, local and federal levels of government, and most importantly, private sector organizations. Oversee the analysis of new federal mandates and determine the economic effects on transportation decisions. Determine innovative mechanisms for financing transportation projects. Direct staff in data development and analysis of complex freight transportation policies and programs. Represent the state at federal level as national governments, agencies and organizations address similar economic matters. Participate with the Director in team management.

For more information, and to apply, consult the job announcement.

CFIRE Benefit-Cost Analysis Guide

October 9, 2012

CFIRE researchers recently published a guide entitled Using Benefit-Cost Analysis for Evaluating Discretionary Transportation Infrastructure Investment. This guide uses Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant requirements to as an example of using BCA as a project selection tool. TIGER as a program relies on benefit-cost analysis (BCA) as a selection criteria for grant recipients. Managers and analysts alike can use BCA guidance […]

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MAFC extended through 2015

July 25, 2012

At the recent meeting of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO), the Executive Committee of the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) authorized the Coalition for an additional three years, through 2015. During these three years, the Mid-America Freight Coalition will focus on aligning it’s research programs and its regional freight study, currently underway, with […]

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Interactive Air Cargo Map

June 20, 2012

As part of the Air Cargo in the MAFC Region (CFIRE 04-11) project, researchers have created an interactive map that shows tonnage statistics for airports in the MAFC region. Here’s a sample: Check out the interactive map for more information about all of the air ports in the MAFC region.

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I-70 Dedicated Truck Lane Webcast

May 31, 2012

June 1, 2012 1pm Eastern I-70 Corridor Dedicated Truck Lanes The $3.75 million, two-phased study evaluated the feasibility of adding dedicated truck lanes through Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The Study evaluate if Dedicated Truck Lanes address the congestion and safety problems and needs on the corridor and improve the regions’ economic competitiveness more than […]

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Truckers Going Oversize/Overweight

May 16, 2012

by Ernie Wittwer The states along the I-90/94 corridor between Wisconsin and Washington have organized themselves as the Northwest Passage (NWP) Coalition with a goal of improving the overall flow of traffic and commerce in the corridor. Most of the efforts of the NWP states have focused on Intelligent Transportation applications, but they have also […]

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