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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

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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