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Freight Load Balancing and Efficiencies in Alternative Fuel Fright Modes - 9/09/2020
A project by the National Center for Sustainable transportation recently developed a centrally coordinated load balancing system that generates individual routes based on user demands...

Public Roads Summer 2020 - 9/09/2020
Public Roads is the quarterly magazine of the Federal Highway Administration. The magazine highlights developments in federal highway policies, programs, and research and technology. Articles...

U. S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Makes Historic Announcement on America's Freight System - 9/09/2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the first ever National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) which lays out a vision for long-term investment in essential...

Flock Freight Achieves B Corp Status for Shared Truckload Solution - 8/21/2020
B Corp, a program run by B Lab, balances a company's purpose and profit by considering the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers,...

Featured Centennial Paper — Urban Freight Transportation: Embracing the Future with Insights from the Past - 7/29/2020
The Transportation Research Board has published the Centennial Paper for The Standing Technical Committee on Urban Freight Transportation. This paper discusses the importance of urban...

Humanitarian Logistics Update: Triton Aids Doctors Without Borders with Branded Reefer Containers - 7/29/2020
Triton International Ltd. has released special edition refrigerated container brand with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). For every person that posts a picture of...

Innovator May/June 2020 - 7/09/2020
FHWA has released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Agencies...

Featured Centennial Paper - Promoting International Cooperation and Collaboration in Transport Research - 6/17/2020
The Transportation Research Board's Technical Activities Council and Centennial Task Force have published the Committee on International Cooperation's Centennial Papers. These papers focus on addressing...

Border Wait-Time Technology Noteworthy Practices - 6/11/2020
States and local government agencies are deploying border wait time technologies to successfully address congestions at the land ports of entry. These practices have the...

ATRI Board Approves 2020 Top Research Priorities - 5/26/2020
The American Transportation Research Institute Board of Directors has approved the Research Advisory Committee's top research priorities for 2020. Research priorities include: impact of small...

Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 7: Preservation, Maintenance, and Renewal of Highway Infrastructure - 4/23/2020
Published by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, this report is the 7th installment in the Strategic Issues Facing Transportation series. It is focused on...

TR News September-October 2019 - 4/23/2020
The full version of the September- October 2019 issue of TR News is now available for download. TR News is a bi-monthly magazine published by...

Will Coronavirus Affect Your Supply Chain? - 2/26/2020
Coronavirus is hitting China hard and because their economy is intertwined with the rest of the world, it could have an effect on the worldwide...

Transportation Research Board 2019 Annual Report - 1/29/2020
This report is a summary of the accomplishments of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in 2019. It includes a summary of TRB's technical activities, Consensus...

NCHRP 2019 Annual Report - 1/22/2020
This report is a summary of activities and research by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) in 2019. NCHRP completed 125 projects, published 51...

U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Over $77 Million in Grants to Improve Commercial - 10/07/2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) awarded $77.3 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor...

Critical Issues in Transportation 2019 - 9/16/2019
The Transportation Research Board has released their annual update highlighting critical issues in transportation. Of the issues discussed, several are relevant to freight transportation including:...

TR News March-April 2019 - 8/29/2019
The full version of the March-April issue of TR News is now available for download. TR News is a bi-monthly magazine published by the National...

Public Roads Summer 2019 - 8/15/2019
Public Roads is the quarterly magazine of the Federal Highway Administration. The magazine highlights developments in federal highway policies, programs, and research and technology. Articles...

State-of-the-Art Autonomous Vehicle Test Site Opens in Ohio - 8/15/2019
The SMARTCenter, designed for testing automated and connected vehicles, opened in East Liberty, Ohio in July. The site is already home to the Transportation Research...

Innovator: January/February 2019 - 3/04/2019
FHWA has released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Agencies...

A year in, ELD Compliance is Still Big News - 1/03/2019
Transportation Topics highlights the 10 most-read stories from the website in 2018. The subject of ELD compliance led the way with five of the top...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Second Round of Infrastructure of Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program - 1/03/2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation released the notice of funding for the second round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program on...

Innovator: September/October 2018 - 12/06/2018
FHWA released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Changing Hydraulic...

Fuel Prices Continue to Climb - 10/24/2018
Diesel fuel prices climbed for the eight straight week to $3.394 per gallon, setting a new high mark for the year. The most expensive fuel...

Innovator: September/October 2018 - 10/09/2018
FHWA released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: On-Ramp to...

Another Stretch of America's Newest Interstate Opens Outside Las Vegas - 9/24/2018
With the support of $400 million in federal funding, the Nevada Department of Transportation in partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada opened...

Recovery Efforts Underway for Areas Affected by Hurricane Florence - 9/24/2018
As recovery efforts are underway in North and South Carolina for areas hit by Hurricane Florence, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)...

ATRI Launches Industry Issues Survey - 8/30/2018
The American Transportation Research Institute launched its 14th annual Top Industry Issues Survey on August 21, 2018. The survey asks industry members to list their...

Best Practices in Permitting Oversize and Overweight Vehicles - Final report - 3/26/2018
This final report for the Best Practices in Permitting Oversize and Overweight Vehicles is the summary of a research study completed on State oversize -...

Findings on Connector Designation, Data to Support Planning, and Incorporation into State Freight Plans - 11/22/2017
The purpose of this study is to identify and describe options for improving the use, condition, and performance of freight intermodal connectors through the provision...

P3 Toolkit - 2/14/2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published an updated Public-Private Partnership (P3) Toolkit. P3s are "contractual agreements formed between a public agency and private sector...

Turnover at Large Truckload Fleets Falls to Lowest Point in Five Years - 9/20/2016
The American Trucking Associations announced that the turnover rate at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue fell six points to 83...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces TIGER Awards Nearly $500 Million in Grants to Projects Focused on Safety and Economic Opportunity - 8/09/2016
Approximately $500 million will be made available for transportation projects in the eighth round of the TIGER grant program. This funding will allow communities across...

FHWA Continues Conversation on Freight Economy - 7/25/2016
FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau recently visited the states of Iowa, Oregon, and Washington to discuss their freight economy which thrives on a variety of industries...

DOT Launches Review of Delays at the Docks - 6/29/2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has begun an audit to collect data on the loading and unloading delays that carriers experience at the...

Logistics Outlook: Last Mile a Major Choke Point - 6/29/2016
According to one of the major findings from the 27th annual State of Logistics report, gaps in infrastructure and accelerating trends for speed will increasingly...

The Freight Economy - 6/27/2016
Learn more about the interconnected network of almost seven million miles of highways, local roads, railways, navigable waterways and pipelines that move food, energy, goods...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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