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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century


MAP-21 freight provision

MAP-21 creates a streamlined, performance-based, and multimodal program to address the many challenges facing the U.S. transportation system.  National goals are identified for performance evaluation, they include:  improving safety, maintaining infrastructure condition, reducing traffic congestion, improving efficiency of the system and freight movement, protecting the environment, and reducing delays in project delivery. MAP-21 also includes a number provisions designed to enhance freight movement in support of the national goals.  MAP-21 establishes national leadership in improving the condition and performance of a National Freight Network by identifying the components of the network, which will be designated U.S. DOT Secretary. It includes incentives to prioritize projects that advance freight performance targets.  A national freight strategic plan will be developed. Also, states are encouraged to develop individual freight plans and establish freight advisory committees.

 MAP-21 Freight Implication

Actions taken

State Freight Plans
States are encouraged to develop a freight plan that provides a comprehensive plan for the immediate and long-range planning activities and investments of the State with respect to freight.  State Freight Plans may be developed separate from or incorporated into the statewide strategic long-range transportation plan

Minnesota completed its first statewide freight plan in 2005 independently from the transportation long-range plan with a robust emphasis on project development, performance management, and investment strategies with private sector participation.   

Enhance eligibility for projects
A project or part of a program of projects supporting progress toward the achievement of national performance goals for improving infrastructure condition, safety, mobility, or freight movement on the NHS.

The Minnesota Statewide Freight Plan scheduled to be completed June 2015. The Plan will identify projects that improve infrastructure, safety, mobility and freight movement on the NHS

Freight Advisory
States are encouraged to establish a freight advisory committee consisting of a representative cross-section of public and private sector freight stakeholders including representatives of ports, shippers, carriers, freight related associations, freight industry workforce, the transportation department of the State, and local government

Minnesota currently has a Freight Advisory Committee established in 1998. MAP-21 encourages increase roles and responsibilities for the group. Discussions are taking place to determine if MFAC will address MAP-21 guidelines

Jason Law (Truck Parking)
Outlines specific language address the shortage of long‐term commercial motor vehicle parking along the National Highway System

MnDOT is conducting a study, Truck Parking Availability System, to assess the availability of truck parking spaces at public and private facilities along the I-94 Corridor. Scheduled for completion December 2014