Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Freight Transportation: New Roles for State DOTs

State departments of transportation are focusing increased attention on freight transportation. The reasons are many, obvious and compelling. They include: (1) A rapidly increasing volume of freight; (2) Transportation overloads at major freight gateways; (3) Constraints on infrastructure capacity for all modes; (4) The need for efficiency in intermodal connections; and (5) Heavy traffic in major multimodal, multi-state transportation corridors. As a consequence, many State DOTs are analyzing the freight transportation needs of their states, giving greater priority to freight transportation investments, participating in public-private ventures, and engaging in innovative financing arrangements for freight projects. For most, this shift represents new lines of business and new ways of doing business. Many programmatic and technical issues are involved, but the foundation for programs must be constructed through policy and organization decisions. Therefore, the leaders of the State DOTs need to consider changes in their missions, their internal structures and in their ways of engaging productively with the private sector. This project will respond to this need by providing two focused, facilitated, and well-supported executive seminars for State DOT CEOs: (1) Freight Transportation: Redefining Public/Private Executing freight projects require that state DOTs engage with the private sector in ways not required for traditional highway projects. Doing this successfully requires understanding the composition of the relevant industry groups and their interests, resources, priorities, and constraints. To move in this direction, the seminar will focus on: (i) The importance of defining public benefit projects and proportioning public and private financing to the public and private benefits. For example, the Chicago CREATE program has involved the state and local public agencies with the six Class 1 railroads, the commuter rail system, and the local transit provider in a process that has determined the public and private benefits of expediting the movement of freight across the city and reached agreement on a financing package the reflects the distribution of benefits and (ii) Best practices examples of public-private partnerships for investment in freight projects and the lessons learned from these cases. The most fully-developed examples are freight rail projects, such as the Alameda Corridor, the Shellpot Bridge, the Kansas City Flyovers, the FAST Corridor, the Reno 'trench,' and the Kyle Rairoad Company/Kansas DOT partnership for infrastructure upgrade. The seminar will involve persons from both government and business who have carried out public-private partnerships that work to achieve both separate and mutual objectives. It will yield recommendations for actions that can stimulate more private investment in public benefit projects. The seminar will be conducted in conjunction with a larger meeting that will showcase examples of successful public-private partnerships for investment in freight rail. (2) Freight Transportation: Responding to New Missions Executing successful public-private partnerships for freight transportation requires that state DOTs make changes in their organization, staffing, and core functions such as planning, project development, and finance. This seminar will focus on: (i)The need to organize internally to respond effectively to the challenges of carrying out a freight transportation program. For example, the Maryland DOT has recently created an Office of Freight Logistics as a focal point for the department's freight activities, joining several other states, including Washington, Oregon, Maine, and Minnesota that have established multimodal freight offices and (ii) The need to organize for external working relationships with those who are essential to formulating and carrying out a freight transportation program.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(46)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive
    Suite 4000
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02140-2369
  • Principal Investigators:

    Grenzeback, Lance

  • Start Date: 20050412
  • Actual Completion Date: 20081031
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11582

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462993
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(46)
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:14PM