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Transportation and Climate Change. 2008 Midwest Transportation Planning Conference Iowa City, IA June 4, 2008 Nancy Richardson, Director Iowa Department of Transportation. U.S. Freight Tonnage.

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Transportation and climate change

Transportation and Climate Change

2008 Midwest Transportation Planning Conference

Iowa City, IA

June 4, 2008

Nancy Richardson, Director

Iowa Department of Transportation



9 state freight tonnage illinois indiana iowa kansas minnesota missouri nebraska s dakota wisconsin
9-State Freight Tonnage(Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, S Dakota, Wisconsin)

Source: FHWA FAF


U s ethanol production
U.S. Ethanol Production

Source: Renewable Fuels Association


Ethanol production vs consumption
Ethanol Production vs Consumption

9-States produce 88 % of the US total

2-States consume 33 % of US total

Source: Renewable Fuels Association


Biofuels impact on transportation
Biofuels Impact on Transportation

  • Highway network—safety, condition and capacity

  • Rail line capacity, equipment and unloading facilities

  • Potential pipeline from Midwest to east coast

  • Transport of cellulosic materials


9 state vmt illinois indiana iowa kansas minnesota missouri nebraska s dakota wisconsin
9-State VMT(Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, S Dakota, Wisconsin)

Source: FHWA Highway Statistics


Peak period congestion on the nhs 2035
Peak Period Congestion on the NHS 2035


U s travel congestion costs
U.S. Travel Congestion Costs

  • $78 billion annual drain on the U.S. economy (delay and fuel cost)

  • 4.2 billion lost hours

    • 105 million weeks of vacation

  • 2.9 billion gallons of fuel wasted

    • 58 fully loaded supertankers

Source: Texas Transportation Institute, 2007 Urban Mobility Report


Comparison of metro area congestion costs
Comparison of Metro Area Congestion Costs

All 437 Urban Areas = 38

Source: Texas Transportation Institute, 2007 Urban Mobility Report



Greenhouse gas reduction efforts
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts

  • AASHTO Goals

    • Reduce oil consumption by 20 percent in 10 years

    • Double fuel efficiency of new passenger cars and light trucks by 2020 and entire fleet by 2030

    • Double transit ridership by 2030 and significantly expand market share of passengers and freight on rail

    • Reduce projected growth in VMT by 50 percent

    • Reduce percentage of commuters who drive alone to 1980 levels and increase percentage of those that ride transit, car pool, walk, bike or work at home

  • Likely emphasis in next authorization bill

  • State initiatives


Multimodal solutions to reduce vmt growth
Multimodal Solutions to Reduce VMT Growth

  • Reduce SOV travel

  • Improve trucking efficiency

  • Increase public transit ridership

  • Increase rail passenger service/ridership

  • Increase rail freight capacity

  • Increase bicycling and walking

  • Support water transportation


Multi modal benefits
Multi-modal Benefits

  • To handle increasing freight/passenger demands

  • To alleviate congestion/bottlenecks

  • To keep the Midwest competitive in the world market

  • To provide shipper/traveler choices

  • To achieve the most efficient movement of goods and people

  • To address environmental issues


Mission of planners
Mission of Planners

  • Implementation of these solutions starts with planners

  • Integrate into planning process, long-range plans

  • Need to do it now, can’t wait for federal requirement

  • Get involved in activities at the state/local level

  • Multi-modal funding


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