IDOT establishes Illinois State Freight
New council of experts will advise on
policies and help coordinate freight improvements in Illinois
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[September 19, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Department of Transportation announced this week the establishment
of the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council to provide a standing
forum for coordination of multimodal freight planning in Illinois.
IDOT's goal is to enhance the public benefits of every mode, improve
intermodal connections and sustain the state's position as the
primary freight transportation hub of the nation.
"Freight transportation is essential to Illinois' economic prosperity
and a vital key to being competitive in today's global economy,"
said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "This
statewide council will help coordinate regional priorities between
the public and private sectors regarding freight industry and system
needs, while enhancing Illinois' competitive advantage in the global
markets and sustaining our position as the nation's primary freight
IDOT is seeking nominations of potential members for the
Illinois State Freight Advisory Council. Public and private sector
candidates who represent freight transportation using Illinois'
highways, railways, waterways and airways are encouraged to submit a
nomination application for IDOT's consideration for membership.
Nomination instructions are available on the IDOT website at
The advisory council will have a statewide focus on freight
mobility in Illinois and will reflect a mix of freight experts from
across all modes, to include railroad, port and airport operators;
labor and business, including trucking firms, freight shippers and
receivers; and economic development organizations; along with
academic and professional organizations, manufacturing, agriculture,
and energy organizations. The council will advise IDOT and other
state agencies on issues and policies involving freight
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The State Freight Advisory Council is designed to be similar to the
U.S. Department of Transportation's National Freight Advisory
Committee. In June, Schneider was appointed to chair the National
Freight Advisory Council. The national committee is assigned to
present U.S. DOT with freight policy recommendations that will help
shape federal freight efforts for years to come.
Nominations for membership to the Illinois State Freight Advisory
Council are due to IDOT by Oct. 15. The announcement of the new
members is expected to be made this fall. Once members are named,
the council will immediately begin reviewing IDOT's recently
released Long-Range Transportation Plan and the Freight Mobility and
State Rail Plans.
For Schneider's remarks on her appointment to the national
council and for a closer look at details of IDOT's commitment to
leadership in freight transportation, see
Illinois Department of
Transportation file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]