Good afternoon or good morning to those of you to the West. Welcome to the Talking Freight Seminar Series. My name is Jennifer Symoun and I will moderate today's seminar. Today's topic is Highway Networks and Their Relationship to Freight. Please be advised that today's seminar is being recorded. Today we'll have two presentations, given by Dan Haake of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Lynn Soporowski of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Dan Haake works as a transportation planner with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio. At MORPC, Dan is in charge of the freight planning program, innovative finance, and does some work with security planning. Before coming to MORPC, Dan worked at an MPO in Indiana.
Dan holds a B.A. in Political Science and Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University.
Lynn Jonell Soporowski, P.E. is a Transportation Engineering Branch Manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in Frankfort, KY. She has worked for KYTC for nearly 20 years, the last eleven years in the transportation planning realm.
Presently, Lynn's branch is responsible for traffic forecasting and modeling, regional air quality conformity, congestion management, and the coordination of the intermodal/multimodal aspects of transportation including bicycle, pedestrian, ferry, riverport, rail, and freight traffic. Ms. Soporowski received her BS in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1989 and Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 2002.
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Today's topics is highway networks and the relationship to freight. The first presentation will be given by Daniel Haake by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
And they will be answered in the last half hour of the seminar. So with that Dan, I'll bring your presentation up an you can get started.
I'm going start this presentation by giving you a brief background -- how the highway system is dealing with these challenges. While freight is important in the United States it is critically important to central Ohio.
Industry is out pacing the national growth rate one in ten jobs in central Ohio -- crossroads for transportation throughout history. Early on we were the first major city along the mountains.
Recently the creation of the interunit system have played a critical role in our region as a freight system. 58% of the population and over 61% of the manufacturing capacity. Led to early development as a logistical center.
Coupled with our efforts as a community, our success keeps growing.
A major reason for Ohio ease can't success is the potential impact with the expansion of the Panama Canal. However, as these facilities reach capacity and were nearing capacity before the recession. Ports on the east coast.
Have begun to prepare for the influx of container traffic.
For example, the port of Virginia and private industry have worked dredge and port facilities capable of happened ling the largest ships on the ocean.
The predicted demand has been so great that facility using private money.
Similarly, the [ Indiscernible ] Railroad in partnership with government work to clear a double stack container rack and onto Chicago. This project will be completed by under cutting rail lines through the tunnels or notching
or blowing the tops off of tunnels.
But a partnership in the developmental locations to serve their intermode alpha sites and should be completed in the second quarter of 2010. If you look at the map, the blue and purple lines represent the routes.
Travel through Virginia and West Virginia -- what does this really mean to central Ohio? Because of Columbus' location perhaps the most visible benefit has been the location of many intermodal yards in central Ohio.
It's location on the interstate system makes -- location went to the creation of 300-acre -- mega facility -- create add truly multimodal -- really the Midwest.
South of the Rickenbacker airport will develop another thousands enacres in relation to this project.
Shipping containers between trains and trucks.
One the container is built out lit be capable of having over 400,000 lifts per year.
It is important to note that in addition to the intermode alpha silty there is a large air cargo facility to the north.
In the first ten years the facility will save shippers over $660 million reduce truck mileage resulting in a significant emissions reduction. The long term impact of this development will be over 20,000 direct and indirect jobs
and have over 15 million-dollar impact on our region. Where does this freight go after it gets off the freight plane or the train?
Led to the creation of our freight program and the involvement in the freight community. Inland port studies were established to built -- industry with a purpose of building economic jobs -- weaknesses
and describe MPO can help alleviate these weaknesses. Establishment of a freight program building better public/private partnerships and the concentrate our efforts -- has established freight districts improvements.
One way we have achieved this goal coordinating committee.
Committee memberships involve all levels -- the group prioritized infrastructure improvement in the Rickenbacker area. Completed in 2007 has guided improvements in the area.
I just left that meeting to talk to you. Rickenbacker has posed a unique challenge to Ohio.
As a the success of Rickenbacker continue -- future accordingly.
Challenges exist to maintain the regions advantage. Productivity of the sector of our economy. A prime example of this challenge is [ Indiscernible ] Connector to the Rickenbacker area.
It's owned by many different levels of local government.
The interchange at 270 was built as a rural interchange and the first intersection heading toward -- 50 feet of the interchange not exactly a great situation when you put trucks in the mix.
To a serious prop and has begun to enter development. After the inland port studies establish what is commonly known as the freight wound table.
Created the Columbus region logistics table. Has four missions.
Work force development environment -- this counsel has become a champion of the interchange issue and partnership has been struck with the counsel, O dot and engineers office. Local government
and [ Indiscernible ] Project forward for funding for the stimulus plan [ Indiscernible ] One of the major developments from this partnership is an 8 to 10 year cycle -- success of the Rickenbacker area.
This is primarily done by providing funding early in the development and doing some risk management -- have also provided funding for this project to match private and other public industries.
Highway funding short falls continue critical for partnerships to evolve like this one where multiple groups provide funding -- to solve difficult challenges in -- projects are going on in the Rickenbacker area.
One project is the proposed expanding of double stacking capability between Columbus and Cincinnati. The Ohio rail to gain funding and support for this project.
On many things.
More recently pasture rail.
Resolution supporting the projects funding application for the Ohio sim plus program.
Is also considered funding for this program -- in addition this project will remove truck volumes from the interstate -- Ohio has worked provincially to provide system diligently. To choose the most appropriate mode
or combination of modes of travel for their goods.
It's a loop road to connect the southern development to really provide a link to national highway system. Mainly [ Indiscernible ] Creek drive. The road will be a four lain divided -- lane divided facility.
Have been funded through the federal stem louse plan. The rest of the loop around the north side along that green line are currently being studied and options are being sought.
While the [ Indiscernible ] Interchange is the front door to the Rickenbacker -- provide a souther access point for the Rickenbacker area primarily the intermode alpha silty. Congressional -- facility.
On a regular basis by participation on the steering and stakeholder committee.
[ Indiscernible ] Has had a well established -- in the southwest corner of Columbus, but really the local officials to capitalize on their location this is resulted in significant growth over the past decade in their city.
The national distribution city in grove city. Grove city is also home to the second largest FedEx ground facility in the country. Is a critical juncture for these if cities and FedEx just out side the barriers of the project.
The facility was built in 18960. It is a another project were multiple parties are involved in the development of improvements.
One can see where we started to call a funding recipe where multiple partners -- providing funding.
The village of west Jefferson is located 10-miles west of the Columbus outer belt. Is a small community that has seen tremendous freight growth -- trucks travel from I70 to the [ Indiscernible ] Honda plant through the village.
Recently [ Indiscernible ] Parted with Jefferson -- to help west Jefferson to make a more urban one. One primary focus is to create innovative financing very for their projects.
These strategies will become more important as transportation -- for their limited funding.
Another project is I70 truck lanes that plan to travel through our region.
Already track over taxed interstate system -- especially impacts from projects like Rickenbacker [ Indiscernible ] What's next for morph C. To see how freight actually flows out of our region and in to our region.
Where key improvements need to be made. Critical decision makers like new income tax, property taxes and creating awareness on the freight projects of key decision makers.
Create a regional freight prioritization after they're successful work on the [ Indiscernible ] Project. They need a new project to work on, really to champion.
We revised our [ Indiscernible ] Creating freight awareness among public officials.
Our next tour will be of grove city area. FedEx and net flexes and show these industries really work but more importantly creating awareness of the issues that I71 and state road 665.
Freight villages. These are more economically to sustain -- collaboration among many companies with an industrial park.
One of the things that help solve or transit issues -- something that really critical that we address really early on.
Some lessons learned. Despite all the rail -- roll in the freight network. Today's freight no longer a mode versus mote. No longer rail versus highway, or air.
The picking the appropriate mode or combination of modes to accomplish interstate commerce. Interstate highway infrastructure -- these problems aren't special to Ohio. They are national issues.
I attended the freight partnership an it was something that was identified that -- last mile projects that need to be funded an addressed. The major bottlenecks.
More locally speaking because of lack of funding -- fix major freight infrastructure challenges.
Private industry buying is key to any successful project.
With that --
Thank you Dan. Again, feel free to post questions for Dan. I know we see we have one up there. We'll get to those after Lynn's presentation.
We'll move onto Lynn of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. So Lynn you can go ahead when you are ready.
Good afternoon all. The getting from the interstate to the drive way is -- federal, state and local.
It's public an private all working together. By looking at the state perspective we'll look at how we designate routes and a little bit about partnering we're working on.
The networks. We started with the federal networks an added what we needed to for state need. We took the policies and the funding from the federal partners and then started adding in the state. Filling in the gaps, economic tool
or just good engineering and finally we'll look at some of the rules of the road. This is the national highway system in Kentucky.
It includes about 4900-miles across the state, but this is our freight analysis framework. This is what we use to analyze where the freight goes. With that,
we used our area development district offices an our highway district offices to help us fill in where they go.
This is the network that get people to their jobs, the raw materials in the raw materials out and the completed products to the market.
The size of the links of intermodal connectors, some are big and some are small, some are massive and some are tiny. Started with international standards and then area significants.
Being two of the primary areas.
Our public River ports rail yards intermode alpha cities and Amtrak stops that were included on the federal list.
The federal standards also -- also with this, we look a look at the money.
When we designated a route as an intermodal connector it made state and local roads eligible for federal funding because they have been designated as an intermodal connector.
These are the intermodal connectors in Kentucky. Some of them actually include coal tip less that go in and out of business with the market.
So we tried to designate intermode alpha cities that are more long term. Some of these might include the Kentucky River ports. Intermode alpha cities which also -- intermodal facilities. Free trade zones without Kentucky.
I have to disagree with you Ohio.
We've got the best location.
Right here in far western Kentucky pea coca and the marble River county port they are the perfect place to take advantage of what's going on in Panama because they are at the beginning and the end of the Mississippi, Ohio refers
and the Tom big by.
This network we take a look at and use our local information as much as possible. Depending on the people that live there and watch where the trucks go. Watch where the vehicles go.
As well as our cabinet for economic development to get an idea of where they want people to go. We take a look at this on an annual basis.
Transportation cabinet partners with federal high wastes. We -- highways. We have it on our website for freight initiative as well as core door and county level studies.
We have a resource from our freight conference that was held in May of this year that has a listing of all the contact information for the railroad, the River ports T airports and the ferries and all of the state an local partners.
Now for the real problem.
The rules of the road.
Well the rules change depending on where you are located. This is not the best map to use in Power Point. I've included the website at the bottom of the page so you can look at this map.
It presents best on -- prints best on an 11 by 17 paper. Or if you are on a green road which is state route.
Our vehicle enforcement call this very hard to enforce.
Here is the actual law that's printed on the page. The extended weight vehicles can be within five miles of a designated system, within 15-miles of an interstate and within one mile if they are going to a road that's not state maintains,
however, if you are an over sized over weight and are by permit, you cannot defray from that permit even a single mile to get food or fuel.
It has to be part of your permit.
So this is part of the enforcement that's a real challenge for our vehicle enforcement and our weigh stations.
Local destinations. It's hard to manage frighten less you know where it's going. -- freight unless you know where it's going.
With that we also take a look at intermode alpha cities and the multiple uses for this inventory.
Do the data set has the name, type of products that are produced as well as the square-footage and the employment.
We've used the square-footage and the employment to kind of take a look at just the things we want to see. We've taken a look at areas that facilities that are over 100,000 square feet and have over 100 employees. Unfortunately,
this dataset has a lot of blanks and wrong data.
It needs to be updated and verified.
We're working again with our area development districts as part of their work program for this year to complete the dataset.
We're looking at the mayor manufacturers as well -- major manufacturers as well as the distribution centers as well as truck and rail water ways in their areas. In order to do this -- we had to learn a whole new terminology.
A whole new vocabulary for what's going on here. A lot of -- we've had a lot of turn over in staff in both central office as well as district offices and area development districts.
We're having to learn a new vocabulary.
What is the dock height? What is the difference between the two? why is it important to know the difference between the two. Each mode has its own unique word. Presented maps and pictures from what is a sighting, a rail spur.
What are the differences in yards an how they affect freight traffic in your area? Do you really need to know about it or is traffic just going through your area or is it having an impact on your network?
These are things that we learned and have taught our area development districts about as they're collecting the information this year.
The idea is to take it down to a project level. This is actually a picture from Toledo's presentation.
It talks about a transload facility and the upper middle part of this slide. From there they've been able to designate certain ramps or turning radiuses that need to be improved. That's the idea.
To apply the ideas and knowledge that we have to identify projects.
In Kentucky we have something called project information form. This feeds our unfunded projects list that feeds in to our six year plan or two year planning document or skip for funding projects.
But there's very few mailboxes or freight route. How do we get these projects brought forward when dealing with prioritization system. That's what -- by using our local folks highway district
and area development offices they're gets information and learning where the freight goes. Maybe meet a partner that they can put on their own transportation committee.
That puts local knowledge and interest at a local level. This is also being information that's going into the county comprehensive plan so that they know what businesses are in their area and what impact they will have.
All the information that's in the dataset, the employment, size of the facility, all of that will be included in the county comp plan. All the data will be completed an given back to economic development.
So they have a clean dataset to share with their central office as well as field offices across the state.
Also looking at using this data to improve the statewide as well as local traffic demand model so we can do freight models specific for these freight concerns, as well as adding information to local studies whether on a county
or core door basis. Partnering. We already talked about partnering with economic development.
The area development districts and highway district offices.
With industry and local officials. By the -- working with the Kentucky association of River ports we did a study with them and completed it in the winter of 2007. But the River ports working together.
Found out that they don't compete against one another but become a resource for one another about how to handle coal, what happens when coast guard comes in and has a certain issue about cleaning off barges?
Our Kentucky railroad association is primarily a group of short lain railroad. They are the ones that are making and breaking trains -- they're the ones that are dealing with the economic development issues.
We've been working with operation lifesaver working with the railroad police that are with the individual railroads as well as local and state police department on what should they do when dealing with a railroad issue?
What do you do when you have an incident? What do you do when you have a derailment? We actually sole some information from another state and shared it through operation lifesaver. Is located right here in the capitol city.
They've been a wonderful resource on how people move as well as getting speakers for our freight conference.
One of our programs notifying e I trucker -- every truckers when there are incidents that are closing down the interstate in the I65/71 corridor. All the way up to 65 through Indiana. The weight stations and vehicle enforcement.
We actually stopped at within by accident at one of our recent site visits and got more than an ear full of information that they thought somebody should need to know. Somebody did need to know.
They were being caught between the transportation cap net and the -- cabinet and the Justice cabinet where they're now located as well as facilities management.
We were able to facilitate some of their needs with technology as well as how they interacted with our own commercial vehicles transport.
How they pulled over truckers and inspected an saw how a break could cause a truck to go on fire. One of the other eye opening experiences synergy within our own cabinet,
we were able to get information from driver licensing to get information out to the county clerks about how to act around trucks.
How to act at a railroad crossing if there's something coming. Being able to share that information with drivers. With motor carriers. We have a One-Stop shop in the building. If we have a question about a trucker,
we just go downstairs and ask information from a trucker that's there getting a permit or license for their truck. They're there every day of the week.
We have on site peers to compare information. The facilities management is in the division of maintenance.
They've helped us improve our relationship with the weight stations -- weigh stations or a railroad to clean a ditch. They've been a wonderful resource. Highway safety is also working with operation lifesaver
and the department of aviation , that stuff has got fly in from somewhere and we have over 65 general aviation airports in Kentucky as well as FedEx -- UP,is that's out of our Louisville area and DHA out of our Kentucky airport.
It's a freight aviation in Kentucky.
Railroad crossings. So there are all people we need to communicate with in our own building.
Our federal agencies, we started something about three years ago that we started with our ferries.
All of our ferries we have ten of them across the state, have never met. We started an annual water way meeting bringing in the ferries the first year and they thought maybe we wanted the core of engineers and coast guard.
We started telling the River ports about this meeting they wanted to be invited too. Federal Highway Administration,
bringing all these agencies together to develop a partnership in a non-threatening environment to tell them what's going on, how we're handling more the potties on a ferry.
You wouldn't think that's important but we found ways around having to have ADA more porta potties -- railroad miles so they can better locate where these incidents are found so that they can send the correct amount of
emergency response. Also with our ice storm early this year, we had quite a bit of communication with FEMA. One of the things that the vehicle enforcement let us know we were having a truck parking problem.
They did a survey across the state an found trucks parking -- and found trucks parking on ramps which is illegal on the interunit ramps.
They were parked illegally in rest areas. Were just had too many -- we had more trucks than they could handle. We works with our area development districts and did a survey last year of all 319 exits on the highways and parkways.
Which one actually had services, which ones just led to homes and trucks had no purpose to be on. As well as advertising the rest haven.
All of this information is being put on an interactive map service that's available on Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website. It's also available through kiosks that are at the rest areas and weigh stations
and rest havens so that truckers can fiend this information on where they need to be in order to keep them on the national network and safe an appropriate environment.
Also, with the Mississippi freight coalition they are doing a long term study to download to a GPS unit since that seems to be the direction that a lot of freight haulers are going these days.
All I can say is that this was a divided by way to use and abuse grad students. We were able to make this part of the graduate student senior project.
Finally, partnering with legislation.
In Kentucky many areas our state law says we can only spend state road fund on state roads.
It has to be used for general fund for other roads. Some states such as Mississippi and Tennessee have been successful in changing their laws or creating a new bucket to put in specific modes funding.
Kentucky hasn't been successful there yet but we have been getting best practices by the kindness of strangers. Depending on our friends and neighbors best practices on how we may be able to change our lives.
Just this year we had an interim joint subcommittee of our transportation legislative team that started meeting, talking about waterways how they can get a greater emphasis on waterways.
How we can create a bucket so funds can be put in that bucket to go on waterway transportation.
With this, we as a transportation cabinet cannot be lobbyists for legislation.
Our Kentucky association of River ports motor transport had been able to use their lobbies efforts as well as getting information from committees such as AASHTO score committee recently did a survey on funding for rail.
So all of these are resources that are helping us get a better picture of what legislation might need to be. One of the things that we try to do is do site visits.
Get out of the office and do some windshield tours. We recently added as I said the weigh station. It was amazing what we could fiend from the drivers as well as from the staff on what is going on in the weigh stations
and the services they provide. We're getting information from both sides, telling us special needs of the industry. When we do a site visit we invite the highway district office and the adds to go with us.
We not only learn what each other does but also how the interacts with the freight provider.
You never knew how to take a chicken from an egg to the store until we actually visited a chicken hatchery and manufacturing and processing facility in far western Kentucky. It's eye opening and nose closing to know what's going on.
Take a look at some of the site visits. Only do site visits in good weather. One of the things we do is take a chance to look at the completed projects. They may have been managed by a district office.
We try to take a look whether it's a new ADA applicable ramp or Amtrak signage or talking about the southeast earn economic development district which is a intermode alpha silty.
-- intermodal facility. Take a look at future projects this. Is a project that's received some ferry boat discretion air funds so it will not be impacted by high waters.
To look at regular operations. By talking to them on a regular basis, we fiend out who can actually help projects.
What's not working. I fond out what's the latest going on with the [ Indiscernible ] Cars or coast guard requirements.
What's changed so we can get this ahead of the storm.
We share signage of just good ideas working in other areas. They were tearing out their dock to some degree by unloading wires. But by using old tires they greatly improve their unloading facilities.
Here is one of the weigh stations that we visited. In the center you can see how the sign was knocked down. As the trucks go down it's amazing how these scenes are up at all. So that their signs are now staying up.
This is a concern they had for years but didn't know who to go to.
Next time they go through striping they can add to their contract to add striping to keep the truckers in the correct lane for whatever they need them to do.
If they need to go through the barn for inspection then they know that's only for inspections.
If they're going to stop for paper work, they go through the paper work line. They've asked us to add sign pavement markings in these areas. Striping.
Finally site visits, well they are just cool stuff. Whether you are looking at the southeast earn economic development that has over a million square-foot under roof
or whether you are taking a look at spent nuclear fuel that's been moved by River port. Driving a toe boat similar for or loading and unloading Coke at many departure ports in the state.
Moving 300 feet of rail with ties attached using an innovative technique when they were blowing the the rail here in Frankfurt with RJ core man. It's nothing like getting on site to see how it's working.
You get out to meet the people.
We too have superman on staff.
But all of our partners are superhuman people. They are great to work with and it's nothing like getting a little face-to-face contact to getting the problems put away.
They truly -- it's easier to pick up the phone to call someone when you know what their face is going to look like.
We are a true partnership, not only in the transportation cabinet but with the federal highway count part.
I'd like to thank per that debt and Jeremy edge worth to having a successful program.
Thank you Lynn. We'll go ahead and started with the question and answer session right now. Right now I only see one question typed in, but please go ahead and continue typing in questions if you have any.
We'll also open the phone lines in a moment.
The first question was for Dan, but I think Lynn you can probably answer -- what tools you use and who attend your freight [ Indiscernible ]
Dan? Are you still online?
Well let me start then. Sure.
Once we choose the destination, we try to work with the highway district office that's in that area.
We are divided into 12 office.
They are the local people on the ground and can help us identify the area. After that we work with federal partners if it's appropriate for that trip.
We try to bring in some new talent whenever possible so we can learn from what's going on. We try to hit different types of facilities and just have some time with them.
It's been amazing when we go in and say we're from the government and here to help.
Actually believe it.
Dan, are you on?
I'm showing Dan has disconnected.
Well hopefully we'll get him back in. We don't have anything else typed --
Actually, we had -- I got a message here from Dan. I'll connect with him. In the meantime Theresa you can give instructions for asking questions over the phone.
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Lynn, we'll start with you on this one. How did you'll with your agency not being known by some of the freight skip went especially in the climate of terrorist threats.
We depended on our local folks to make some of the initial contacts. Then we made sure we came in a state vehicle with appropriate business cards. Always wore our badges when we went to a facility.
Really didn't have much of a problem or we would have a known agency such as our River port introduce us. We would have that as a way of introduction.
Okay. Do we have Dan back on by any chance?
I'm not seeing that he's dialed back.
He said he was listening. I don't know if he somehow got into the attendee line. I told him to try to call back in.
If Dan is there have him dial star 0.
Okay. Thank you.
We'll go onto the next question.
How did you work with the railroad to gain their support and willingness for the operation.
I think that's a Dan question since he has more activity with the railroads. We have been successful in communicating with some 06 our short line railroads.
They are much more willing to work with us and a little means a lot with them.
The biggest way we have been able to go in with the railroad to have their ear is operation lifesaver. Through skart. We've been able to find different people that are working with the railroad to get the correct person to talk with.
We've had [ Indiscernible ] Answer the phone a time or too.
Can you hear me now?
So Dan we'll pose that question to you, how did you work the railroad to begin their support and willingness for the operation?
They sort of started that movement but we also have the national Gateway core door that CSX is doing coming from the North. As long as you invite them and keep invites them and you get them involved early,
I think the critical thing is involve them early, something we learned with light rail and pasture rail, they would rather find out about things early. They are less hesitant to work with you -- so that's not going to fly.
You really have to involve them early and often.
Okay. Going back, how did you deal with your agency not being known by some of the freight constituents?
Primarily, we went through existing private relationships.
We are really good at facilitating conversations between all our different role we have an environment -- and we all have different connections and networks one Columbus. So we went through existing connections and established that.
That's really a key roll of the logistics counsel was trying to explain the federal highway system and all the rules and regulations. Everything else we deal with every day that had no exposure to government in general.
The logistics con sell being industry led counsel really helped us.
Okay. What tools do you use and who attends your freight standing tours.
I'm not sure what you mean by tools. But we open the freight tours to everybody. We have a then advisory counsel -- professionals and a policy board.
Initially open those up to all those people but we specifically focus on elected officials and high level government types. They haven't been exposed to freight or less supportive of freight projects.
We also spend a great deal of time -- members from different community organizations throughout the region.
Okay. That's all we have typed in at the moment. Do we have anything over the phone?
There are no questions at this time.
Okay. We'll give everybody a few moments to see if there's any other questions. Feel free to type them in. Ask them over the phone. In the meantime while we do wait a few moments I want to mention the freight peer to peer program.
Transportation professionals in touch with experts in the field to enhance over all freight skills an knowledge. The program is available to public entities including state DOTs and MPOs.
To learn more about the program to discus participating as a peer or expert, please visit the freight peer to peer website an the address is showing on your screen right now.
We did have another question come in. That is Lynn, would you care to comment about the implementation of rest havens in Kentucky?
I'd love to talk about that.
It's been one of the best public involvement and tools that we have with our truckers. All of our rest areas in Kentucky have been designated rest havens.
What that means is a trucker may park in one of our weigh stations an they are guaranteed not to be disturbed during their rest hours.
So this allows the trucker to get the rest they need an it's a safe place that is free of lot lizards, which is some of the reasons that we had some of the improper parking that we did.
People didn't like going to some of the facilities because of the folks that might be there that shouldn't be there. But they're not finding that as much in the rest havens. Where they can park over night.
They won't be disturbed by enforcement or police. The troopers go through.
The lot lizards and undesirables are not there as often.
Do either of you have any questions typed in that might have been sent directly to you that I didn't see?
I didn't see any -- the only one I saw was with robin guyer had a specific but I didn't understand here.
That's a clarification of what was meant in the earlier question about what tools were used on the freight scans or [ Indiscernible ] Presentations or data, that sort of thing.
I guess what we do, is we have people who are invited to come in to [ Indiscernible ] Office and we give them a brief presentation on what we're going to do where we're going.
Go out to the facilities whoever is in charge of that facility, speak on what they do, they take a tour and they talk about the impacts of infrastructure. The 665 example,
we're going have FedEx which I want to say a thousand feet off the interchange, talk about the impacts of that interchange not being up graded yet and how it's important for their business to succeed.
Okay. Thank you.
We don't have anything else typed in. Has anything come in over the phone?
No, there have not.
Okay. Well, if there are no other questions, we'll go ahead and end a bit early for today. While I'm doing the close out, if anybody has think of another question, go ahead and type it in. But thank you both Dan
and Lynn for great presentations. Thanks to those who posted questions. The next seminar will be held -- what type of cross cutting technology applications are used or plans in your areas?
Dan, go first.
We're studying creating an automated traveler system to sort of link up all the different sort of traveler information systems.
Construction related system, there's a traffic congestion related system and a bunch of other smaller things in the TMS center.
Trying to provide both information for the normal computers and the normal travelers through Columbus but more importantly freight and logistic companies on where to go
and save those couple of minutes to gain some time back from intermodal connector problems.
Lynn? Do you have anything to add to that?
One of the things I mentioned earlier is the notify every truck.
It uses email as well as facts and cell phone technology to let people know who have signed up for the service.
When there is an incident expecting to close a road more than two hours so they can be rerouted to reduce their impact -- the time they're impacted. We have the 511 information which has information and what was the other one Jeremy?
In downtown Louisville, we have a corner that's particularly bad an it's right where the hospitals are. Oddly enough it's called hospital corner.
They use CB radios that cuts in the CB radio that cuts in to channel 19 would the lovely lady's voice to tell them and warn them about the possible load shift that happened at hospital corner. So those have been successful tools.
In addition, a lot of the truck driver permits and licensing, with the One-Stop shop here in town have been very successful. They can go to one place and get all the information they need. Much of that can be done online as well.
The truckers say that is a great service for them.
Well I'll continue with the close out then. The next seminar will be September 16 and be about institutional arrangements. You can register for that seminar now by going to the talking freight registration website
and the address is on the slide on the screen. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to visit the talking freight archives website and view archives from previous Webinars which you can get to from the web address as well.
Encourage you to join the freight planning list serve.
With that I'll go ahead and close out if there's no additional questions. Thank you Dan and Lynn and everybody have a great rest of the day.
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