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Chair -- David Cole, Maine
Vice Chair -- Vacant
Secretary -- Leo Penne, AASHTO

Reports and Studies






Corridors for Toll Truckways: Suggested Locations for Pilot Projects
Reason Public Policy Institute
Policy Study 316, February 2004
Trucking companies indicate that they would be willing to pay tolls to obtain the productivity gains from expanded LCV (Longer Combination Vehicles) operations, and the toll revenues offer serious potential as funding source for such truckways.
Read the full study: Connector Study 316 PDF

NHS Intermodal Freight Connectors Study
Section 1106(d) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) directed the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a review of the National Highway System (NHS) freight connectors that serve seaports, airports, and other major intermodal terminals and report to Congress. The objectives were: (1) evaluate the condition of NHS connector highway infrastructure to major intermodal freight terminals; (2) review improvements and investments made or programmed for these connectors; and (3) identify impediments and options to making improvements to the intermodal freight connectors.

AASHTO Intermodal Connectors Report:
Intermodal Freight Connectors: Strategies for Improvement
NCHRP Project 8-36, Task 30
August 2003
Intermodal Connector Study

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2010 and Beyond: A Vision of America's Transportation Future
21st Century Freight Mobility

Hudson Institute
The U.S. economy is dependent on an efficient and reliable freight transportation system. Our highways, ports, waterways, railways, airports, warehouses, distribution centers, and intermodal and other facilities make up a complex system that shippers rely on to move products to markets. The performance of that system has direct implications for the productivity of the U.S. economy, the costs of goods and services, and the global competitiveness of our industries.
To read entire report go to: I 21 St Century Freight Mobility

Transportation, Trade & Economic Development: Maximizing Future Opportunities in the Northern Great Plains
Globalization of the world’s economy, opportunities for expanded export of food products, increasing demand for quality manufactured goods, and ongoing discussion regarding a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas place the heartland of North America within a new era as a geographic crossroads for international trade as we progress into the next millennium. To find out more go to the Offices of Urban & Corridor Planning at:

The Marine Transportation System and the Federal Role
Special Report 279
Measuring Performance, Targeting Imprpvement
The report develops an analytical framework for federal agencies to use to identify capital and operating needs and coordinate federal investments and spending on the marine transportation system (MTS) infrastructure.


Toward a National Intermodal Transportation System - Final Report- NCIT
Historically, America's transportation system has been a key factor in our Nation's development and prosperity. But, as Congress has recognized in forming the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation, this system must be improved to ensure it meets the changing needs of the Nation.


A National Forum on Agriculture and Transportation Linkages "Assessing the Importance of Transportation to Major Industrial Sectors of the U.S. Economy"

This work was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Transportation; and was conducted in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.
Participants in the National Forum on Agriculture and Transportation, organized and hosted by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute in Fargo, North Dakota, May 17 and 18, 2002, focused on the proposition that a "competitive and complete transportation system is necessary for U.S. agriculture to maintain its competitive edge."
To find out more go to:

Agricultural Transportation challenges for the 21st Century - A Framework for Discussion
This document is a preliminary USDA staff assessment discussing the involvement of various modes-- Motor Carrier Transportation, Rail Transportation, Inland Waterway Transportation, Maritime Transportation. This document is in draft form, and is intended for discussion purposes only. The final official copy will be modified to reflect comments received.

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Transportation Research Circular » » » NEW ITEM
Freight Data for State Transportation Agencies
November 2005
A Peer Exchange
July 11, 2005
Boston Massachusetts

Before the peer exchange, each state DOT representative answered eight questions to summarize their state’s activities in freight data. The questions were developed to investigate the overall breadth of freight data. The questions were developed to investigate the overall breadth of freight data usage. The responders generally queried the diverse entities within their agency involved with freight data in formulating their responses.

Download the Full Report by clicking on the link below:
Freight Data for State Transportation Agencies PDF

Georgia Intermodal Reports
The Georgia has several Intermodal reports at the link below. You may view and print one of the many reports, meeting summaries and presentations that pertain to this ambitious project. Clicking on the links will open a separate window for each report. Once the report window has opened you can navigate the sections by clicking on the links in the Table of Contents (TOC) page and within the sections themselves.

Some of the things discussed:
  • Georgia Rail Freight Plan Update 2000
  • Intermodal Program For Rail Passenger Service In Georgia
  • Athens-Atlanta/Macon-Atlanta Corridor Meeting Summaries The reports are available by clicking on the link below:

    Eastern Colorado Mobility Study
    The study has been undertaken to assist the Transportation Commission of Colorado in making investment decisions regarding infrastructure improvements to enhance freight mobility in a large part of the state. The study area includes all of the west and Colorado's borders on the north, east and south.
    Note that the entire Report is a (PDF) file:
    Colorado Study

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    Smartway Transport Partnership
    The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collaborative voluntary program between EPA and the freight industry that will increase the energy efficiency and energy security of our country while significantly reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases. The Partnership creates strong market-based incentives that challenge companies shipping products, and the truck and rail companies delivering these products, to improve the environmental performance of their freight operations. SmartWay Transport partners improve their energy efficiency, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

    Environmental Performance of Tanker Designs in Collision and Grounding
    Method for Comparison
    Special Report 259
    To reduc the risk of oil spills from accidents, the U.S. requires that tankers calling on U.S. ports in the future be fitted with a double hull. The world tanker fleet is changing to double hulls in accordance with both U.S. law and a similar provision in an international agreement. Even as this change has been occuring, however, some organizations have proposed alternative designs as equivalent or superior to a double hull in preventing the outflow of oil in an accident.


    AASHTO and METRANS Transportation Research Center
    Transportation, International Trade, and Economic Competitiveness
    October 25, 2002, Long Beach California
    NCHRP Project 20-24 (23)B NCHRP Project 20-24 (23)B (PDF)

  • The conference summary is posted at:

    California’s Global Gateways: Trends and Issues
    Public Policy Institute of California
    The ability to transport goods efficiently and the equality of trade infrastructure have become key determinants of international competitiveness. At the same time that political barriers to trade have dropped, the transportation requirements of manufacturers have become more complex. Multinational firms rely on fast, flexible, and reliable shipping to link far-flung plants into a well-integrated manufacturing chain. Transportation breakdowns or problems as simple as simple as port congestion can idle an entire global production network. In this environment, the capacity of ocean ports, airports, and multimodal linkages become critical to a region’s competitive position. These issues are especially in California, whose airports and seaports are among the busiest in country. Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports rand second and third (behind only New York’s JFK International Airport) in terms of the value of imports and exports processed, and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the two largest port complexes in the country. Combined, these two ports handle a greater volume than all of the world’s ports other than Hong Kong and Singapore. PPIC-- PDF

    Toward Improved Intermodal Freight Transport in Europe and the United States: Next Steps
    Report of an Eno Transportation Foudation
    The growth of the global economy, advance s in information technologies, and improved communications networks have contributed to major changes in transport and logistics. Just-in-time inventory systems, supply-chain management, outsourcing of logistics, and intermodal transport have grown hand-in-hand with these advances in technology and economic interaction. Further economic growth demands that we continue to advance international intermodal transport.
    Europe and the U.S. Next Steps

    Europe in a Changing Global Market: The Challenges

    The past 50 years have seen dramatic change in Europe; how the Europeans see themselves and their role in the world. Starting with the Treaty of Paris in 1951 that established the European Coal and Steel Community to the latest Treaty of Nice, Europe has evolved institutional relationships and frameworks that have created an economic powerhouse. Important throughout these past 50 years was the creation of an internal economic market that provided barrier free access to all member states. Those interviewed during this scan used terms such as “harmonization” and “liberalization” to describe the evolution of the domestic market. In essence what they meant was the removal of barriers and constraints to market access and movement within the European Union, resulting in an integrated and commercially viable economic market second to none in the world.

  • European Marke: Executive Summary PDF
  • European Market: Summary Report PDF
  • Euro SCAN Full Report PDF
  • FHWA (PowerPoint)--National Freight Trends, Issues, and Policy Options PDF
  • Euro SCAN (PowerPoint)--International Freight: The European Market PDF


    Latin America is a key trading region for the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries. The Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and National Cooperative Highway Research Program sponsored a scanning study to examine characteristics of trade flows between NAFTA and Latin American countries and learn how countries handle trade-related transportation infrastructure, border crossings, and freight security. The delegation observed that while the countries visited—Bahamas, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Panama, and Mexico—depend heavily on trade, the economic downturn has aggravated financial and infrastructure challenges in those countries and limited trade expansion. Ports are major centers of trade for the countries, and the Panama Canal is emerging as the region’s most strategic facility for NAFTA countries.
    The scanning team’s recommendations include continued monitoring of the Latin American market and the impact of trade on transportation infrastructure. The team also recommends that NAFTA countries work closely with Latin American countries and port authorities to coordinate border crossing and freight security strategies.

  • Freight Transportation: The Latin American Market
  • International Freight: The Latin American Market (PowerPoint) PDF


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