Iowa In Motion

State Freight Plan


Fast Act Compliant Document

The Iowa DOT's original, MAP-21 compliant State Freight Plan was amended for FAST Act compliance and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on June 2, 2017. FHWA reviewed and accepted the amended plan as including all required elements, effective July 21, 2017.

Iowa State Freight Plan Executive Summary
Iowa State Freight Plan

Iowa State Freight Plan update


It is a necessity for the state to provide a safe, efficient, and convenient freight transportation system to Iowans. In recent years, the Iowa DOT has embarked on numerous freight planning activities to help achieve this objective, many of which will be detailed in the Iowa Freight Plan. This plan is a way to connect all of these initiatives and allow them to move forward towards a common goal of optimal freight transportation in the state. In addition, the plan will guide Iowa DOT's investment decisions to maintain and improve the freight transportation system, and ultimately strengthen the state’s economy and raise the quality of life for its citizens.

The plan will support the National Freight Goals, as defined by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) (passed on June 29, 2012; signed on July 6, 2012 (Pub. L. 112-141)):

  • Improve the contribution of the freight transportation system to economic efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness;
  • Reduce congestion on the freight transportation system;
  • Improve the safety, security, and resilience of the freight transportation system;
  • Improve the state of good repair of the freight transportation system;
  • Use advanced technology, performance management, innovation, competition, and accountability in operating and maintaining the freight transportation system; and
  • Reduce adverse environmental and community impacts of the freight system.

Stakeholder and public engagement

FAC - State Freight Plan Development Process, Feb. 14, 2014
FAC - Freight Goals and Bottlenecks Identification, June 20, 2014
FAC - Collaboration with State Rail Plan, March 27, 2015
FAC - Freight Performance Measures, June 26, 2015
FAC - Freight Strategies and Improvements, Sept. 11, 2015
Stakeholder Issues-based Workshop - Goals Input Exercise, Sept. 24, 2015
Mid-America Freight Coalition – Freight Planning Innovations at Iowa DOT, Nov. 3, 2015
HLSC #1 - Freight strategies, Nov. 18, 2015
FAC - Freight strategies, Dec. 11, 2015
Midwest States Feight/Rail Plan Discussion - Iowa Multimodal Freight Network, Feb. 24, 2016
HLSC #2 - Freight improvements, Feb. 25, 2016
FAC - Freight improvements, March 4, 2016
Commission - State Freight Plan Overview, July 12, 2016

Public input

A 45-day public comment period (May 2 – June 15) was held to gather public input on the plan. A public meeting and corresponding methods for providing input on the draft plan were advertised through several press releases. Posts on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, were also utilized to reach out to the public and gather input on the plan. Public input was collected through a variety of means, but primarily through the public meeting held on June 8 in Des Moines and written comments submitted online.

Other freight-related resources

For additional information, contact:
Sam Hiscocks
Office of Systems Planning
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-239-1004
Email: samuel.hiscocks@iowadot.us