The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) directed the FHWA Administrator to establish a National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) to strategically direct Federal resources and policies toward improved performance of highway portions of the U.S. freight transportation system. The NHFN is made up of four components:
- The Primary Highway Freight System (PHFS): The most critical highway portions of the U.S. freight transportation system.
- The Remaining portion of Interstate roads not included in the PHFS.
- Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs): Public roads not in an urbanized area which provide access and connection to the P,FS and the Interstate with other important ports, public transportation facilities, or other intermodal freight facilities
- Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs): Public roads in urbanized areas which provide access and connection to the P,FS and the Interstate with other ports, public transportation facilities, or other intermodal transportation facilities
Massachusetts is allocated 150 miles of Critical Rural Freight Corridor (CRFC) mileage and 75 miles of Critical Urban Freight Corridor Mileage (CUFC). Of this mileage, Franklin County has been allocated 33.39 miles of CRFC and 0.72 miles of CUFC. This is based on Franklin County’s centerline mileage as a percentage of Massachusetts as a whole. States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are responsible for designating public roads for the CRFC mileage and CUFC mileage in accordance with the FAST Act.
The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization released a list of proposed CRFCs and CUFCs for public review and comment on April 25, 2017 (link below). There will be a 21-day comment period from Friday, April 28 through Friday, May 19, 2017. Please provide any comments to Laurie Scarbrough by email at email@example.com or by mail to 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.