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.
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