Study of the Regulatory Issues Affecting Truck Freight Movement in Region VII

Freight movement by truck across Iowa and throughout the Midwestern states in Region VII is a critical issue that will impact commerce in the short-term future (5-10 years) as well as the long-term future (20-50 years). Truck movements across the Midwestern states are projected to increase, and this increase points to a need to remove potentially unnecessary barriers/obstacles and establish a more efficient and productive system for the movement of freight. Potential regulatory obstacles/barriers for trucking include requirements for commercial driver licence (CDL), medical certifications, permits for oversize/overweight loads, and hourly limits on drivers. Experiences of other states in changing regulations and policies, and their applicability to Iowa and the other states in region VII, will be important to consider in a bid to facilitate improved freight movement and the free flow of goods in Iowa and surrounding states. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) has requested assistance from the Institute for Transportation in investigating the regulatory issues that may affect or limit freight movement in Iowa and other Midwestern states. The proposed study will complement the findings of the Iowa DOT study with the following: review of regulatory conditions affecting truck freight movement in Region VII; survey of all states in Region VII; and performance analysis of select truck freight corridors in the region, in terms of freight flows, capacity, types of commodities moved, congestion, and crashes.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $27760.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Iowa State University, Ames

      Institute for Transportation Studies
      2711 S. Loop Drive, Suite 4700, Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER)
      Ames, IA  United States  50010-8864
    • Principal Investigators:

      Albrecht, Chris

      Gkritza, Konstantina (Nadia)

    • Start Date: 20130701
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 34767

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01487965
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC07
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jul 24 2013 1:01AM