This report highlights key outcomes identified at the I-10 Corridor Coalition Peer Exchange held on June 2, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. This event was sponsored by the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program, which is jointly funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
On behalf of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the New Mexico Department of Transportation (New Mexico DOT), and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) requested a TPCB peer exchange in order to better understand the necessary steps related to forming and operating a corridor among the four western states along the I-10 corridor. The four western State DOTs were interested in establishing the first-ever I-10 Corridor Coalition for joint planning operational efficiencies along the corridor. As a first step ADOT, in coordination with the other three State DOTs, participated in a Pooled Fund Study which developed an inventory of the corridor’s assets and estimated the potential for utilizing new technologies to improve freight movement along I-10. This study led to the development of a draft Concept of Operations plan, which laid out how the coalition of states would work collectively to improve freight and passenger safety and increase efficiency along the corridor through the expansion and coordination of technology throughout the corridor. As a next step, FHWA and FTA jointly sponsored a TPCB Peer Exchange for the four-state coalition. The desired outcomes of the peer exchange included:
- The validation of a shared vision for the I-10 Corridor Coalition by the Chief Executive Officers from each of the four State DOTs;
- The signature of the coalition charter by each of the four state DOT CEOs to formally establish the I-10 Corridor Coalition;
- The identification of elements of a Concept for Operations (ConOps); and
- A discussion and identification of next steps and subsequent agreements that may be necessary to sustain the coalition and effort.