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Project 7.5
NWP Freight Industry Webinar

The freight and commercial vehicle community is an important stakeholder to the North/West Passage corridor. USDOT labels portions of the I-90/I-94 corridor in Washington, Minnesota and Wisconsin as major for freight movement. By 2040, USDOT predicts most of the corridor will be a major truck route (≥8,500 AADTT) on the National Highway System. Further illustrating the significance of freight movement in the states, Washington recently issued a report, "The Impact of Truck Congestion on Washington State's Economy," that analyzes answers from freight-dependent businesses regarding what a 20 percent increase in congestion would do to their economic well-being. According to the results, this congestion would cost the state more than 27,500 jobs and $3.3 billion in economic output.

The goal of this project was to provide the opportunity to share existing traveler information sources provided by public agencies along the I-90/I-94 corridor, and to learn about the freight industry needs related to traveler information. A webinar was held on May 8, 2013 with participants from the freight community and state DOTs. The webinar discussion included an introduction to North/West Passage, highlights of freight activities in each states and feedback from freight participants on their needs for traveling I-90/I-94. The webinar feedback will be further presented to the Freight Task Force (Work Plan 8, Project 8.3) for consideration as freight related projects and outreach efforts continue along the I-90 and I-94 Corridor. A copy of the webinar presentation and other references shared during the discussion are listed below.

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