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2007 Freight Summit

Freight Summit, September 2007

In September 2007, we sponsored a day-long Freight Summit to focus on the problems Maryland and its region are facing with projected freight growth over the next 30 years. The summit attracted over 140 key freight transportation stakeholders and Maryland state and federal elected officials. Local and national freight experts presented the status of the current transportation infrastructure and capacity, and the issues the State and region can expect with 75 percent growth of freight in all modes of transportation.

Speakers included:

  • Welcome and comments from Beverley Swaim-Staley, Deputy Secretary, MDOT
  • The Honorable Elijah Cummings, United States Congressman
  • The Honorable John Sarbanes, United States Congressman
  • Lance Grenzeback, Cambridge Systematics
  • David Edgerley, Secretary, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
  • Jeffrey Paniati, Federal Highway Administration 
  • Clifford Eby, Federal Railroad Administration
  • Kathy Broadwater, Port of Baltimore
  • George Schoener, I-95 Corridor Coalition
  • Sharon Clark, Perdue AgriBusiness Inc.
  • Craig Lewis, Norfolk Southern Railroad
  • Deb Miller, United Parcel Service Inc.
  • John Gibson, CSX Railroad
  • Joe Cowan, Cowan Systems Inc.
  • John Ficker, National Industrial Transportation League
  • Jack Basso, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials


National Freight Needs, Maryland's Freight Challenge is America's Freight Challenge
Lance R. Grenzeback, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Freight in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Jeffrey F. Paniati, Associate Administrator for Operations, Federal Highway Administration

The Port of Baltimore's Competition and Future Needs
Kathy Broadwater, Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration

Short and Long Term Freight Concerns in MD
Sharon Clark, Vice President Transportation, Perdue AgriBusiness, Inc.

UPS Transportation Overview
Deb Miller, UPS Inc.

Rail Infrastructure and Capacity Challenges
John Gibson, VP Operations Research & Planning, CSX

Freight Costs and Congestion
Joe Cowan, President, Cowan Systems Inc.

Doing Nothing in Maryland is Not an Option
John B. Ficker, President & CEO, The National Industrial Transportation League

Freight Transportation - Where is the Money Coming From?
Jack Basso, Chief Operating Officer, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials