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Mid-America Transportation Center

Study of the Regulatory Issues Affecting Truck Freight Movement in the Midwest

Final Report
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Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Jing Dong (jingdong@iastate.edu 515-294-3957)
  • Project Status
    Complete
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    Truck movements across the Midwestern states are projected to increase, and this increase points to a need to remove potentially unnecessary barriers/obstacles and establish a more efficient and productive system for the movement of freight. Potential regulatory obstacles/barriers for trucking include requirements for CDL, medical certifications, permits for oversize/overweight loads, and hourly limits on drivers. The experiences of other states in changing regulations and policies, and their applicability to Iowa and the other states in region VII, will be important to consider in a bid to facilitate improved freight movement and the free flow of goods in Iowa and surrounding states.
    Research Objective
    The proposed study will complement the findings of the Iowa DOT study with the following: a review of regulatory conditions affecting truck freight movement in Region VII; survey of states in Region VII; and performance analysis of select truck freight corridors in the region, in terms of freight flows, capacity, types of commodities moved, congestion, and crashes.
    Potential Benefits
    The results of this effort should lead to a better understanding of: 1) the regulatory issues that may affect or limit freight movement in Iowa and the other states in Region VII; 2) each state’s current experiences and plans for improving freight movement and the free flow of goods; 3) current and future efforts to coordinate interstate freight issues; 4) the complexities associated with freight movements. Results will be presented in a final report.
    Abstract
    Freight movement by truck across Iowa and throughout the Midwestern states in Region VII is a critical issue that will impact commerce in the short-term future (5-10 years) as well as the long-term future (20-50 years). Truck movements across the Midwestern states are projected to increase, and this increase points to a need to remove potentially unnecessary barriers/obstacles and establish a more efficient and productive system for the movement of freight. Potential regulatory obstacles/barriers to trucking include requirements for CDL, medical certifications, permits for oversize/overweight loads, and hourly limits on drivers. The experiences of other states in changing regulations and policies, and their applicability to Iowa and the other states in region VII, will be important to consider in a bid to facilitate improved freight movement and the free flow of goods in Iowa and surrounding states. The Iowa DOT has requested assistance from the Institute for Transportation in investigating the regulatory issues that may affect or limit freight movement in Iowa and other Midwestern states. The proposed study will complement the findings of the Iowa DOT study with the following: a review of regulatory conditions affecting truck freight movement in Region VII; survey of all states in Region VII; and performance analysis of select truck freight corridors in the region in terms of freight flows, capacity, types of commodities moved, congestion, and crashes.
    Project Amount
    $ $27,760