The Coalition Freight Program focuses its efforts on the movement of freight across multiple jurisdictions and across multiple modes. Through the Program’s Freight Committee, the Coalition is actively helping states, by working on transportation issues that impact goods movement, to foster safety, mobility and economic vitality within states and across the Corridor.
Commercial Vehicle Operations Online Portal on Coalition Website
The Eastern Transportation Coalition hosts an online Portal to access information of Motor Carrier – Commercial Vehicle Operating, Credentialing, Registration, Taxation, and Permitting Requirements, Commercial Driver Licensing, Traveler Information, Truck Parking and Weigh Stations, Tolling Information, and Motor Truck Associations for each of the Coalition Member States, as well as to link to key Federal and national resources for motor carriers. Click here to access the CVO Portal.
Member States’ Fast Act-Compliant Freight Planning Activities
In mid-2017, at the request of its members, the I-95 Corridor Coalition staff conducted extensive guided interviews with 17 Coalition member Departments of Transportation (DOTs) from 16 states and Washington, DC, to assess the status of their freight planning activities in response to the requirements of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The Issues and Recommendations report can be viewed here.
M-95 Highway Corridor
The-95 Corridor Coalition’s, on behalf of its member and affiliate agencies, submitted an application for designation of waterways/waterside system as a Marine Highway Corridor under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) “America’s Marine Highway Program”. As a result of the Coalition’s submission, a designation was successfully received under the “America’s Marine Highway Program” for the “M-95” Corridor, a series of waterways/crossings/connections within the Coalition’s region. As the sponsor of the “M-95” Marine Highway Corridor, the I-95 Corridor Coalition works as may be necessary with Ports, Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and the USDOT Maritime Administration (MARAD) in various activities to further advance the utilization of the coastal and inland waterways within the I-95 Corridor region and join in research as may be applicable, to identify potential freight and passenger markets where water could serve as a transportation mode to address mobility needs.
The Eastern Transportation Coalition Freight Committee undertook a project to examine Freight Data resources to assist public sector practitioners in their understanding of various data sources that may be applicable to their work. This work consists of three documents: The White Paper – “Demystifying Freight Data” provides some background on the theoretical context around freight data along with practical recommendations for public agency transportation planners/practitioners; the “Freight Data Matrix Metadata Document” (an Excel spreadsheet) is intended to familiarize practitioners with the various attributes within freight data sources for understanding and comparison for potential uses in planning associated”; and, the Freight Data Matrix User Guide” which is intended for informational and instructional guidance to use the Freight Data Matrix Metadata Document. The Coalition Freight Committee will use these documents as part of on-going discussion and expansion of the knowledge base and to complement other resources on freight data. These project documents are available on the Freight Data project page.
The Coalition’s Truck Parking activities span an array of interest areas to economically and viably serve diverse geographical situations. During the past several years, these activities have included investigation of truck parking technologies; truck parking applications which are flexible and adaptable, and useable within states’ existing system platforms; ability to reach the user with well-timed truck parking availability information; holding a truck parking workshop for the entire Corridor; and conducting a real-time trucking parking pilot project, along with an evaluation of the project and lessons learned. Within the Freight Committee, a Truck Parking Working Group, comprised of representatives from Coalition agencies actively engaged in addressing truck parking related activities, continue to work together to share information, best practices and advance solutions to truck parking needs in the Corridor.
Freight Performance Measures
Working with FHWA, the Coalition has been supporting initiatives they have been leading to provide tools for public agencies for freight planning and development of performance measures.
The National Freight Fluidity Program is a national initiative by US Department of Transportation/FHWA to better understand how our transportation system supports freight movement. Currently, public policy, program, and investment decisions are guided by information about network and corridor capacity, infrastructure condition, and safety. This national effort aims to add the perspectives of shippers, carriers, and receivers by focusing on supply chains and understanding the end-to-end performance of an individual freight trip or shipment moving across multiple modes and jurisdictions. Having a clearer view of freight fluidity will lead to strategic transportation system investments that directly improve supply chain performance and the country’s economic competitiveness. See our freight fluidity page.