May 2008 Toledo Talk post titled The Future Of Transportation In Lake Erie West that gives info about air, rail, freight, people, intermodal, southeast Michigan, northwest Ohio, etc.
TT post about TMACOG's 2007 study titled On the Move 2007-2035 Transportation Plan that mentions LEW Global Logistics Hub which stated:
Lake Erie West Global Logistics Hub
From the policies file:
Freight Goal: Our region will be a world-class multi-modal freight transportation hub
Policy 8: To strengthen our role as a freight transportation hub, our region will work together to implement Lake Erie West Global Logistics Hub business plan. This plan comprises four major freight facilities: Toledo Express Global Logistics Park (see Policy 9), Trans-Pacific Inland Port (see Plan Project 1 and Policy 10), Golden Triangle Distribution Corridor, and the Toledo Seaport (see Policy 11). We will identify needed improvements/ resources; support public/private infrastructure investment for the sites, and connectivity between them (on public roads or off-road).
Policy 9: A regional priority is to expand use of the air freight mode and use of air facilities as intermodal hubs. This will include increasing airport capacity throughout the region and providing good road access. We will develop Toledo Express Airport as a major intermodal hub, to be known as the “Toledo Express Global Logistics Park,” with needed infrastructure improvements (including Plan Projects C-3, 4, 59 and 60) and creation of a “transportation opportunity district.”
Policy 10: To expand freight capacity, we will work to increase use of and multi-modal access to rail freight. This will include supporting development of a Trans-Pacific Inland Port (see Plan Project 1), a rail/truck container facility designed to capture major freight flows from Asia, for distribution to the Midwest and eastern U.S.
Policy 11: Our region has an opportunity to expand waterborne freight movement. To do so, we will work to increase rail access to the Toledo Seaport, and we will support maximized use of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes water system.
Policy 12: It is essential for our role as a freight hub to improve road access and capacity for trucks, and reduce modal conflicts. As part of this policy, we support:
- Making the Ohio Turnpike more truck-friendly with "Easy Pass" electronic toll collection and quantity discounts.
- Increasing the quality of township roads by requiring agri-business to meet same constraints as other industries, that is, eliminating exemptions that allow producers to use township roads without defraying costs of upgrades and maintenance.
- Providing real-time information on road congestion via ITS that is suitable to trucker needs.
University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute
Web site: The University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute [link no longer works]
The purpose of the ITI is to work cooperatively with public and private sector partners in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life. The ITI builds upon the unique features of the region, it offers the potential for sustained external funding, and it is a way to access and assemble resources from various disciplines at UT to address opportunities defined with the help of its public and private sector partners.
The University of Toledo has been designated a National University Transportation Center by the U.S. Department of Transportation. UT will be awarded $2 million over a four-year period to advance significantly state-of-the-art transportation research and expand the work force of transportation professionals. The University, and the UT Intermodal Transportation Institute specifically, will play a regional leadership role in developing improved intermodal supply-chain systems and alternative transportation methods and technologies such as hybrid-electric, fuel cell and bio-diesel technologies.
From the policies file:
Research Goal Statement: Our region will be a center of transportation research and innovation.
Policy 13: We need to diversify fuels for transportation, to insure fuel will be available on a long-term basis, with reduced dependence on foreign sources. To do so, our region will:
- Support the work of a consortium of area universities to develop and commercialize hybrid vehicles.
- Analyze current state and federal policies to propose changes and/or take advantage of existing policies in order to enhance alternative fuels production and use in our region.
Policy 14: With the amount of transported freight expected to double in the next 15 years, we need innovative ways to move goods more efficiently. Therefore, it is our region’s policy that:
- Local jurisdictions and planning/development agencies should seek to locate industrial and distribution facilities near existing transportation terminals and interchanges.
- We encourage development of multi-trailer terminals at Ohio Turnpike interchanges.
- We should identify examples of trucking company collaboration on deliveries, and support implementation of such a system.
- We should research ways to improve efficiency of transfer of goods between transportation modes.
Policy 15: To build on regional strengths, we need to support/expand transportation logistics and supply chain research in the region. This research should include looking at the potential to coordinate transportation to common suppliers/locations.
Policy 16: To enhance economic and technical development, our region will work to establish the identity of the Toledo Science and Technology corridor and the movement of people and ideas within this corridor.
Policy 17: Our region supports creating innovative traffic systems to improve traffic flow, such as modern roundabouts (see Policy 19), coordinated signal timing on all major arterials, and freeway management systems and other Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).