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Freight Management and Planning

Our economy, jobs, and consumers rely on the efficient movement of freight through the transportation system.

The Baltimore region is home to the nation’s sixth largest port, the Port of Baltimore, two Class I and three regional railroads, as well as the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Situated at the midpoint on the north-south eastern seaboard, the Baltimore region also has an extensive roadway and highway network. Maintaining and improving our existing transportation network wil improve freight movement and economic growth for our region.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the growth in goods movement will continue at an increasing rate. Moderate economic growth will double the volume of import-export tonnage and increase domestic freight tonnage by seventy percent over the next twenty years. More growth will result in more congested highways, railways, waterways, and airspace. Therefore, freight transportation management and planning becomes an increasingly integral part of the regional transportation planning process.

Federal legislation requires that a metropolitan planning organization’s long-range transportation plan “enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight.” Transportation 2030 is the long-range transportation plan of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board. Transportation 2030 addresses transportation network improvements for our highways, railways, waterways, and airspace.

The BRTB recognizes the importance of integrating freight into the transportation planning process. In 1999 it established the Freight Movement Task Force advisory council. The FMTF’s objective is to provide the public and freight stakeholders from all modes a voice in the regional transportation planning process.


Freight Movement Task Force

The Freight Movement Task Force is an Advisory Committee of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council staffs the FMTF.


The FMTF’s main function is to provide the public and the freight movement community a voice in the regional transportation planning process. The FMTF is a forum for Baltimore region freight stakeholders to share information and discuss motor truck, rail, air, and waterway concerns.

The FMTF represents a mix of freight experts from across the modes, including: railroad operators; port operators; trucking firms; airport operators; freight shippers and receivers; economic development organizations; and academics. In addition, staff from the Maryland Department of Transportation and local government representatives also participate.


FMTF meets quarterly. The FMTF welcomes the public to observe meetings and provide comment.


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Staff Contact

Name: Bala Akundi


Phone: 410-732-0500 x1019

Committee Members

Armand Patella – Pi Corp (Chair)

Debbie Bowden – MD Dept. of Transportation Office of Freight/Multi-Modalism (MDOT) (Vice Chair)

Kwame Arhin – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), MD Division

Louis Campion – Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA)

Lindsay Donnellon – FHWA, MD Division

Joe Greco – Maryland Port Administration (MPA)

Richard Johnson – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Rick Johnson –Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

Marsha Kaiser –Parsons Brinkerhoff

Keith Kucharek -AECOM

Valorie LaCour –Baltimore City Department of Transportation

Jill Lemke –MPA

L’Kiesha Markley –State Highway Administration (SHA)

Parto Mazdeyasni –MPA

Roxane Mukai -Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA)

Jon Scherman -Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)

Dominic Scurti –MPA

Dennis Simpson –MdTA

Glenn Smith –MdTA

Kipp Snow –Anne Arundel Community College

Aaron Tomarchio – Sparrows Point Terminal, LLC

Russell Walto -MdTA

Ted Yurek -SHA