Secretary Norman Y. Mineta has released State Freight Profiles,
short reports that provide a snapshot of freight flows, including
maps, expected tonnage forecasts and traffic patterns in each
freight network is a lifeline for our nation’s manufacturers,
farmers and businesses," Mineta said. "Understanding
the nature of freight flows will help ensure our ability to remain
competitive in the global marketplace and to continue to meet
the economic and transportation challenges of the 21st century."
that America’s transportation system by 2020 will handle cargo
valued at almost $30 trillion, compared with $9 trillion today.
Volumes, in tons, will increase by almost 70 percent over current
levels of 15 billion tons. The department also says international
freight volumes will almost double by 2020.
As a result,
each state will experience large freight volumes on its transportation
infrastructure over the next 20 years, with the potential for
increased congestion and greater inefficiencies throughout the
nation’s transportation system.
The state profiles are
posted at http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/state_profiles.htm.
Some images are online, and the rest will be posted soon, DOT
says. Additional information is available at the Office of Freight
Management and Operations Web site, http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight.