State freight profiles available

| Monday, March 17, 2003

U.S. Transportation 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 state.

"America’s 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."

DOT estimates 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.

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