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Freight Planning in Iowa

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During the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference, Andrea White shared the efforts of Iowa DOT in statewide freight planning.

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Freight Planning in Iowa

  1. 1. FREIGHT PLANNING IN IOWA NADO National Regional Transportation Conference June 29, 2017
  2. 2. STATE FREIGHT PLANNING
  3. 3. State Freight Initiatives
  4. 4. Iowa Freight Advisory Council • Est. 2012 • Public and private freight stakeholders • Goal – Through education, discussion and review, the FAC will assist and advise the Iowa DOT on freight mobility policies, programs, and investments. • Provides input on Iowa State Freight Plan and other freight planning initiatives • Meets quarterly
  5. 5. Iowa Freight Advisory Council • Membership – Agriculture/agribusiness – Barge companies – Federal agencies – Metropolitan planning – Railroads – Regional planning – Rural development – State agencies – Supply chain and logistics – Trucking – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • General meeting topics – Emerging industry trends – Freight white papers – State Freight Plan – State Rail Plan – Emerging technologies – Legislation – Trends and issues – Facility tours
  6. 6. Iowa Travel Analysis Model (iTRAM) • Statewide travel demand model • Includes freight commodity flow model – Utilizes FAF, CFS, and waybill data – Forecasting future freight rail demand – Impacts of intermodal terminals, multimodal facilities – County-to-county freight flows – Outputs utilized by MPOs/RPAs
  7. 7. Statewide Freight Transportation Network Optimization Strategy • Combined effort with Iowa Economic Development Authority • Purpose – To identify and prioritize investment opportunities for an optimized public and private freight network to lower transportation costs for Iowa businesses • Demand-based supply chain model • Implementation strategies (State Freight Plan) • FASTLANE grant – Cedar Rapids Logistics Park
  8. 8. Iowa State Freight Plan (2017)
  9. 9. Objectives • Identify strategic goals • Identify and document the economic importance of freight • Document freight trends and issues • Present freight-related forecasts • Inventory existing assets • Identify critical freight networks • Describe conditions of the system and develop performance measures • Identify the State’s decision making process • Present freight strategies and improvements • Develop a freight investment plan
  10. 10. Critical Freight Networks • Iowa Multimodal Freight Network • National Highway Freight Network – Primary Highway Freight System (PHFS) – Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs) – Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) – Remainder of the Interstate System • National Multimodal Freight Network
  11. 11. Iowa Multimodal Freight Network • Air – 2 airports handle over 99% of air cargo • Highway – Roads with 30% truck traffic, over 1,000 trucks per day, or over 1,000 oversize/ overweight permits per year • Railroad – 5 million tons per mile or greater • Waterway – 2 marine highways
  12. 12. National Highway Freight Network • Primary Highway Freight System – Federally designated • Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs) (next slide) • Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) – Designated by the State DOT (150 miles available) – Prioritized corridor continuity – Selected the non- Interstate corridor with most total truck traffic • Remainder of Interstate System
  13. 13. National Highway Freight Network • Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs) – Designated by the State DOT in consultation with MPOs (75 miles available) – Sent maps of freight facilities and NHFN to each MPO – Requested prioritized list of critical freight corridors from each – Designated top 3 priority corridors from each MPO
  14. 14. National Multimodal Freight Network • Air – Top 100 national cargo airports • Highway – NHFN (not shown) • Railroad – All class I railroads • Waterway – All marine highways
  15. 15. Freight Strategies and Improvements • Strategies – Multimodal – Freight Advisory Council – Internal discussions • Improvements – Air (Des Moines International and Eastern Iowa Airports) – Highway (Value, Condition, and Performance matrix) – Railroad (Iowa railroad companies) – Waterway (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  16. 16. Top 5 Priority Freight Strategies 1. Optimize the freight transportation network to minimize cost and travel time and improve supply chain efficiency 2. Target investment on the interstate system at a level that reflects the importance of this system for moving freight 3. Advance a 21st century Farm-to-Market System that moves products seamlessly across road, rail, and water to global marketplaces 4. Explore opportunities for increasing value-added production within the state 5. Target investment to address mobility issues that impact freight movements
  17. 17. Value, Condition, and Performance Matrix (VCAP) 1. Freight Mobility Issue Survey • Populate initial improvement list 2. Value – Iowa Travel Analysis Model (iTRAM) • How much the location improves efficiency of the network 3. Condition – Infrastructure Condition Evaluation (ICE) tool • Composite rating of seven condition and traffic criteria 4. Performance – INRIX Bottleneck Ranking tool • How often bottlenecks occur 5. Average the three rankings 6. Truck traffic counts • Tiebreaker if necessary 1 2 3 4 5 6
  18. 18. Highway Freight Bottlenecks – VCAP Priority
  19. 19. Freight Investment Plan • National Highway Freight Program funding • $13 million - $18 million per year through 2020 • 90% of allocated funding – projects on NHFN – VCAP #1 – Council Bluffs Interstate System – VCAP #3 – I-74 bridge replacement (Davenport) – VCAP #7 – I-80/I-380 interchange (Iowa City) • 10% flexible funding – Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System (LIFTS) program
  20. 20. Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System (LIFTS) • 2016 pilot program ($2.7 million) – 25 grant requests ($17.2 million), 6 were awarded – Projects included studies, rail improvements/capacity enhancements, and transloading improvements • National Highway Freight Program (NHFP) – 10% may be used for freight intermodal projects • 2017 LIFTS program – Utilize flexible 10% of annual NHFP funds – Application based program for freight projects not eligible for typical highway and railroad funding – Currently developing guidelines, applications, evaluation process, and timeline
  21. 21. Iowa State Rail Plan (2017)
  22. 22. Iowa State Rail Plan (2017) • Guides Iowa DOT activities of: – promoting access to rail transportation, – helping to improve the freight railroad transportation system, – expanding passenger rail service, and – promoting improved safety • Profiles Iowa rail system • Proposed freight rail and passenger rail improvements and investments • Rail Service and Investment Program
  23. 23. Freight Plan/Rail Plan Engagement • Combined effort • Stakeholder groups – Freight Advisory Council (11 meetings) – High Leverage Stakeholder Committee (2 meetings) – Rail Advisory Committee (2 meetings) – Issue Based Workshop (1 meeting) – Freight Mobility Issue Survey (targeted 6 groups) • Provided input on development of all plan sections
  24. 24. Iowa State Transportation Plan (2017)
  25. 25. Iowa State Transportation Plan (2017) • Freight considerations and issues integrated throughout plan • Improvement needs and strategies identified for all modes – Strategies and needs incorporated from State Freight Plan and State Rail Plan – Seven-layer highway needs analysis; VCAP analysis utilized for freight needs
  26. 26. METROPOLITAN AND REGIONAL FREIGHT PLANNING
  27. 27. Bi-State Regional Commission (Quad Cities) • Bi-State Region Freight Plan (2015) – 5 counties (Iowa and Illinois) – Freight profiles – Commodity flow analysis tool – Recommended investments and strategies for the region • Freight Forum http://bistateonline.org/
  28. 28. East Central Intergovernmental Association (Dubuque) • Eight County Freight Peer Exchange • Eight County Freight Plan (under development) – Four Iowa counties; four Illinois counties – Freight profiles – Commodity flow analysis tool – Recommended investments and strategies for the region http://www.ecia.org/
  29. 29. Des Moines Area MPO • Des Moines Freight Roundtable – Est. 2004 – Assists with the efficient movement of freight in the Greater Des Moines Region – Meets bi-monthly – Public and private freight stakeholders – Containerlocator.com https://dmampo.org/
  30. 30. Contact Information Sam Hiscocks, Freight Coordinator Samuel.Hiscocks@iowadot.us 515-239-1004 Andrea White, Statewide Planning Coordinator Andrea.White@iowadot.us 515-239-1210 www.iowadot.gov/systems_planning/freight/freight-home-page

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