Upper Midwest Freight Corridor Study-Phase II

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Primary Investigator
Teresa Adams, Director
Midwest Regional University Transportation Center
1415 Engineering Drive
2205 Engineering Hall
Madison, WI 53706

Project Objective
The intent of the study is to maintain a regional approach for freight transportation in the Upper Midwest states based on a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional partnership of public and private sector stakeholders. This partnership considers and addresses short and long term issues surrounding anticipated increases in freight movement within the region and the likely impacts on the region’s infrastructure and economic health. The specific objectives include: Development of a Regional Freight Agenda, facilitating discussions of a regional approach to deploying commercial vehicle-related intelligent transportation systems and maintenance and improvement of the regional information system on freight.

Project Abstract
Maintaining a regional approach for freight transportation in the Upper Midwest states based on multi-state, multi-jurisdictional partnership of public and private sector stakeholders is the main intent. This partnership considers and addresses short and long term issues surrounding anticipated increases in freight movement within the region and likely impacts on the region’s infrastructure and economic health. Phase II’s research will reflect many benefits. These benefits include: helping the region solicit for federal funding from a strong position, applying to have the corridor obtain National
Significance, enabling sectors to reach a comprehensive approach toward freight, spread the understanding of the processes and practices employed by neighboring states relative to freight, use a collaborative approach in the project planning and delivery, bridge the gap of the private and public sectors relative to decision making and practices, and lastly build on existing studies and efforts to ensure that duplication efforts are avoided or minimized. The results of this phase will help bring together the region to have a better understanding of freight movements and state funding

Task Descriptions

  1. Task 1-Research and document national freight programs
  2. Task 2- Review and document the impact of participation in those programs on the funding received by states in the region.
  3. Task 3-Prepare whitepapers on policy options that the region could consider for freight
  4. Task 4-Facilitate a regional dialog.
  5. Task 5-Draft a regional freight agenda.
  6. Task 6- Prepare outreach materials to explain the importance of freight for the region and the agenda adopted by the region.
  7. Task 7- Make presentations on regional freight, as requested by the states.
  8. Task 8- Develop and maintain communication links with key national organizations on freight, including TRB, AASHTO, FHWA, FRA, etc.
  9. Task 9- Prepare a white paper outlining the current state of CVO-related ITS in the region.
  10. Task 10- Prepare white papers outlining the probable benefits of ITS implementation.
  11. Task 11- Facilitate a dialog within the region on ITS
  12. Task 12- Draft a conceptual regional deployment plan.
  13. Task 13- Improve the documentation of the existing information
  14. Task 14- Develop inquiry routines to answer frequently asked questions.
  15. Task 15- Begin a dialog with regional freight analysts on regional freight information needs.
  16. Task 16- Review and summarize national efforts to improve freight data sources.
  17. Task 17- Begin a dialog with state information managers to determine what information is available related to freight.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: 14 months, September 1, 2005 to October 31, 2006; November 15-16, 2005, April TBA, 2006
  • Budget: $246,299.79, Matching Funds & %: $140,000 (56.8%) provided by the UMFCS, Phase II Pooled Fund $106,230 (43.1%) provided by the MRUTC
  • Student Involvement: Several graduate and undergraduate students will be working on this project under supervision of principal investigator.
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Rail, Air, Water Borne
  • Project ID: 06-09