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Attachment A: Illustrative Examples of "Other Mode" Planning

Latin America Trade and Transportation Study: This study involved most of the States in the Southeastern U. S. Funded by SPR funds, this study involved highways, ports, rail, and airports. This study examined the long-range trade forecast between the U. S. and Latin America and the impacts on the entire transportations system.

Connecticut Rail Freight System Study: Currently underway, this study seeks to identify constraints on the ability of local railroads to provide service to businesses along their lines. The expectation is that by improving upon these constraints, there will be less reliance on trucks to furnish inbound and outbound transportation needs. This study is funded by SPR funds.

Mid-Atlantic Rail Study: This study looked at potential congestion on rail lines. An underlying concern was that if congestion on segments of the rail system in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States is not addressed, some of the future growth in freight transportation might divert from rail to trucks. This study was funded by the railroads and the I-95 Corridor Coalition. The States involved in this study contributed in-kind services.

Chicago's CREATE Program: This program was developed to improve freight traffic in the Chicago region. Some of the region's current freight mobility challenges are the result of east-west rail lines that do not connect, thereby causing heavy truck drayage. Some of the background studies were completed using PL funds.

Anchorage (Alaska) Freight Mobility Study: In conducting this study, the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (the Anchorage MPO) reviewed previous planning studies conducted by the Port and the Airport to see how much freight was expected to come into the area, and what portion was expected to be trucked through the city. In particular, the MPO was concerned about the impact of the growth in 53-foot trailers on intersection design and the impact on pedestrians and bicyclists. The mobility study was funded by PL funds, while the previous Port and Airport studies were funded by the port and airport, respectively.

I-81 Freight Study (Virginia): The overall purpose of this study conducted by the Virginia DOT was to examine strategies for shifting freight from truck to rail in the I-81 corridor. This study consisted of three phases, the first of which was a preliminary feasibility study (funded through SPR funds) that led to two subsequent detailed studies (both of which were State-funded).

Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) Freight Service and Investment Study: NASTO, in cooperation with the New England Governors/Eastern Canada Premiers Trade and Globalization Committee, initiated this study to investigate the freight transportation and economic characteristics of the NASTO region. Utilizing SPR funds, the Maine DOT and the New York State DOT each contributed $100,000 to this study. The Executive Summary of this report (August 2002) is available at the following website: (Note: link unavailable as of September 2010.)

Detroit Rail Tunnel Study: The Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, a private consortium, is conducting a study to examine opportunities for enhanced linkages between Detroit (Michigan) and Windsor (Ontario, Canada). This study is funded by private investors, and is not part of the MPO planning process.

Updated: 12/3/2012
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