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I-10 National Freight Corridor of the Future Status and Action Items What is the I-10 National Freight Corridor? 8 states – coast to coast Freight Focused Focused on the network

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what is the i 10 national freight corridor
What is the I-10 National Freight Corridor?
  • 8 states – coast to coast
  • Freight Focused
  • Focused on the network
  • Wide geographic corridor (i.e., covers all states w/ US- Mexico border crossings, connecting roadways, nearby freight facilities, I-12 in Louisiana, etc.)
  • Working together for 8 years
why i 10
Why I-10
  • I-10 has 12,000 lane miles, 65% of which are rural
  • In 2000 398 lane miles did not provide sufficient capacity
  • By 2025 that number is expected to quadruple
  • By some accounts rail facilities along I-10 are already exceeding capacity
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Why I-10
  • Congestion along connectors to major ports & border crossings present a significant challenge to freight and trade along I-10
  • Total estimated economic impact of freight on I-10 is $1.38 trillion
  • $339.4 billion of that is paid to 10.4 million workers
phase i lessons learned
Phase I Lessons Learned
  • Freight transportation is central to US economy & key to our competiveness in the global marketplace
    • Continued investment in highways is key to US freight transportation infrastructure.
  • Trend toward service economy will increase freight by double by 2025
    • Worsened congestion and capacity impose increased costs on producers, shippers, carriers, consumers and worsen conditions for the traveling public
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Phase I Lessons Learned
  • I-10 is essential to efficiency of other freight system elements including ports, inland waterways and railroads
    • Investments in high volume corridors, like I-10, must integrate intermodal and multimodal considerations to guarantee optimal distribution & minimize the burden on highways
  • Increasing capacity in these corridors is the best method for lowering highway cost
    • Technologies such as ITS/CVO as well as innovation in automated truck separation enhance freight productivity
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Phase I Lessons Learned
  • Issues relating to freight demand transcend urban and state jurisdictions
    • Implementation of solutions, both traditional as well as innovative technology wise, will require State/State and State/Federal partnerships, as well as partnerships with the private sector.
  • Increased funding is essential to guaranteeing freight continues moving efficiently and productively
    • Separating traffic streams offers opportunities for increasing funding.
    • Increased funding requires collaboration between government and business.
phase i conclusions
Phase I Conclusions
  • Alternatives to Meeting Demand
    • Additional Lanes: Most effective way to increase LOS. We should continue however, adding all needed capacity is not financially viable.
    • Lanes required 2,121 Rural; 2,943 Urban.
    • Cost $3.9 billion Rural; $17.4 billion Urban.
    • ITS/CVO: Coordinated corridor wide deployments offer returns of $3 for every $1
    • Truck/Auto Separation: Freight densities in some parts of the corridor may make this feasible. However, it is in its early stages of development and will require further innovation.
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Phase I Conclusions
  • Alternatives to Meeting Demand
    • Truck Bypass: Offer some improvement in capacity but aren’t feasible as stand-alone strategies.
    • Multimodal Approaches: Investments in non-highway modes such as rail & waterways can succeed in diverting freight from the highway system it was found that the overall impact is minimal. Approximately 3% and 2% respectively
work accomplished to date
Work Accomplished To Date
  • Phase I study completed in 2003
  • COF submittal completed
    • Included initial program and suggested funding
  • Phase II study completed in early 2008
    • Includes a corridor wide ITS Architecture
    • Includes an initial program
    • Includes an initial corridor policies manual
    • Draft MOU (accomplished by TAC)
outstanding near term action items
Outstanding Near Term Action Items
  • First – need an understanding of how the program is expected to be executed
    • What organization will receive the funds?
    • What kind of match is necessary?
    • How does tolling and other financing fit into this program?
    • What role does the private sector have – if any?
    • Can FHWA/USDOT assist with sharing funds across state lines?
  • Finish and sign the MOU
  • Agree to an initial policies and operations guidelines
  • Find early winner projects to move forward
  • Address any state specific concerns
  • Hire a program manager
    • Manage the flow of money
    • Assist with project oversight and coordination?
major themes to pursue
Major Themes to Pursue
  • Will keep the focus on the corridor
  • Will keep the focus on freight
  • Innovative financing
    • More for capital projects than ITS projects
  • Environmental streamlining
    • More for capital projects than ITS projects
  • Benchmarking to demonstrate progress
  • Network approach so work with the Corridor not the individual states
keys to corridor sustainability
Keys to Corridor Sustainability
  • Stable of future funding?
    • Program management support similar to I-95
    • Some seed money for initial capital projects
  • Roadmap for future state cooperation?
    • Developing a solid agreement
  • Corridor approach as opposed to working individually with states
  • Do you have an outline of the Cooperative Development Agreement?
keys contacts
Keys Contacts

Amadeo Saenz

Executive Director, TDOT

Steering Committee Chair


(512) 305-9501

Kevin Thibault

Assistant Secretary, Engineering and Operations FDOT

Steering Committee Vice Chair


(850) 414-5220

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Keys Contacts

Mike Akridge

Deputy State Traffic Engineer, FDOT

TAC Chair


(850) 410-5607

Steve Glascock

ITS Manager, LDOT

TAC Vice Chair


(225) 379-2516