About Intermodal Freight

Annually, more than 5.3 billion tons of freight are shipped within or through the I-95 Corridor region. Efficient freight movement that supports cost-effective supply chains for the region’s businesses and industries is critically important to the Coalition region. The I-95 Corridor Coalition promotes reliable, efficient, and balanced intermodal transportation throughout the Coalition States by supporting leadership, information technology, and operations that improve the intermodal movement of freight. Supporting this goal are a number of projects and activities including periodic meetings of the Intermodal Freight and Passenger Movement Committee to discuss and resolve issues impacting freight movement.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued, through the Federal Register, a call for comments on the designation of a Primary Freight Network. The Coalition worked with our 16 State Department of Transportation members and a number of MPOs within the Corridor, along with other stakeholders to review and assess the proposed Designation of the Primary Freight Network. These comments provided reflect the Coalition’s substantial experience with multistate freight transportation and its review of the proposed PFN designation with its members. The Coalition’s comments are intended to complement, not supplant, the responses submitted by our individual member agencies, authorities and associations.

I-95 Corridor Coalition Comments on the PFN

The Coalition has also conducted a number of Rail and Truck Operations Studies addressing the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern Regions of the Corridor. Click on the Important Links section to view these project results.

Long-distance travel in the I-95 Corridor is an important consideration because of the large volume of intercity trucking activity, business travel, and personal trips. It is recognized that this regionally significant long-distance travel must negotiate one or more bottlenecks during their duration. This project was undertaken to establish a set of procedures for monitoring the performance of major bottlenecks in the I-95 Corridor, as well as examine the effect that bottlenecks can have on long-distance travel, including documenting the characteristics of long-distance travel itself, heretofore uncharted territory for performance monitoring.

Freight Bottleneck Report

White Paper: “Freight Performance Measurement – Measuring the Performance of Supply Chains across Multistate Jurisdictions” (pdf)

The I-95 Corridor Coalition, working in collaboration with the Federal Highway Office of Freight Management and Operations, has developed this white paper to advance the dialogue/state of the practice on freight data and performance measures undertaken as a part of FHWA’s Freight Fluidity.

This white paper reports on the feasibility of measuring transportation supply chain performance.  Information on how supply chains perform from the perspectives of shippers, carriers and receivers is critical to knowing if supply chains are working or failing, and that information is, in turn, critical to determining if and where public investment might improve freight system performance and support economic competitiveness and growth.

The research examined five supply chains:  Retail; Automobile Manufacturing; Food Products; Agriculture; and Electronics.     The case studies were used to determine if performance measures and metrics that are common across supply chains—travel time, travel-time reliability, cost, safety and risk—were reasonably available and cost-effective for public sector use.  The study concluded that it is feasible and practical to map representative supply chains and measure their high-level performance.

Based on the findings and conclusions of the case studies, discussions with members the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, and the advice of the study sponsors and technical advisory committee, the white paper contains a number of general and programmatic recommendations for public sector consideration.

This white paper was a collaborative effort with partners including the I-95 Corridor Coalition Intermodal Freight and Passenger Movement Committee (Co-Chair lead Thomas McQueen);  the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations, who provided funding support for this effort; the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness who provided coordination with their collateral research on supply chains and performance measurements; white paper advisory members Tina Casgar with San Diego MPO, Bruce Lambert with Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) and George Schoener.   In addition, a number of private sector entities were most helpful in the research efforts providing data for the research and insights into supply chain and relevant operational information.

Project overview, approach and preliminary findings of this white paper were presented at the TRB 5th International Transportation Systems Performance Measurement and Data Conference, held in Denver CO, June 2015; and the TRB Advancing Freight Fluidity Performance Measures Workshop held in Washington, DC in December 2015.