Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S.

April 15, 2010

In last week’s National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) newsletter we learned about a synopsis for a freight-related white paper released by the FHWA.

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management and Operations, in conjunction with the I-95 Corridor Coalition, has released a White Paper on Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S. Accompanying this White Paper is a summary of a Roundtable held to obtain advice from a group of national experts about potential multi-state institutional arrangements to improve freight corridor performance. This work is intended to serve as a background piece to help practitioners and policymakers think through solution sets. The White Paper describes eight types of institutional options, illustrated by 80 examples. The assessment of institutional models suggests several principles that could be used to determine which institutional arrangements might be most appropriate to meet multi-state transportation needs under differing circumstances, and illustrates how these principles might be applied in order to help improve the performance of multi-state freight corridors. Finally, the paper offers an analysis of institutional implications of the House Committee's 2009 Surface Transportation Freight Authorization Provisions.

For access to the full paper, visit Freight Management and Operations

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