Coalition Comments on the Primary Freight Network Designation
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued, through the Federal Register, a call for comments on the designation of a Primary Freight Network. The Coalition has been working with our 16 State Department of Transportation members and a number of MPOs within the Corridor, along with other stakeholders to review and assess the proposed Designation of the Primary Freight Network. These comments provided reflect the Coalition’s substantial experience with multistate freight transportation and its review of the proposed PFN designation with its members. The Coalition’s comments are intended to complement, not supplant, the responses submitted by our individual member agencies, authorities and associations.
Annually, more than 5.3 billion tons of freight are shipped within/through the I-95 Corridor region. Efficient freight movement that supports cost-effective supply chains for the region’s businesses and industries is critically important to the Coalition region.
In its Notice, the FHWA provided two possible designations of the PFN: a 27,000 centerline-mile network as mandated by MAP-21; and a 41,000 centerline-mile network developed by applying the MAP-21 selection criteria and then adding additional highway segments to close the major gaps in the 27,000 network. The FHWA asked for responses to a number of specific questions about the PFN designation and designation process. The Coalition’s comments address those questions that are most relevant to viewing freight and any network designations in particular from a multistate/corridor perspective. To view the Coalition’s comments to the proposed designation of the Primary Freight Network, click here.