Freight

Working

Group 

Chris Bauer, CDTC, Chair

Mike Alexander, SMTC, Co-Chair

The Freight Working Group brings together MPO, NYSDOT, and FHWA staff to advance the practice of freight planning. Goods movement has become an important part of the metropolitan transportation planning portfolio. Topics that are addressed include movement by truck and rail, intermodal connections, seaport operations, US border ports-of-entry, local and regional terminal operations, and urban delivery issues.

The Freight Working Group Charter documents the goals of the group in terms of knowledge transfer, improving collaboration among stakeholders, and preparing for the higher level of attention to freight issues in the 2012 federal transportation authorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and now the 2015 FIxing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act governing federal surface transportation spending. 

Container Ship

New York State Freight Plan Webpage

Truck and Warehouse

New York Freight Network Atlas Webpage

Loading Cargo

FHWA Freight Planning Webpage

Freight Working Group Goals

  1. Knowledge Transfer: Build technical capacity by serving as a forum for dialogue among MPOs, NYSDOT, and others to share freight planning practices, arrange for relevant training courses, and disseminate ideas on effective public communication about the importance of freight.

  2. Integration: Assist in the further incorporation of freight into MPO planning practice at all levels from the LRTP through unified planning work program (UPWP) initiatives to the transportation improvement program (TIP).

  3. Stakeholder Outreach: Engage other freight-related organizations to determine opportunities to inform them of what MPOs in New York State are advancing and possibly work together on in the future.

  4. Transformational Technologies: Monitor and assess technical advances (e.g., automated vehicles, additive manufacturing, etc.) that impact the number, type, and mode of trips used to deliver goods to businesses and residences.

  5. Data Availability: Catalog and evaluate the accessibility, quality, and cost of data that can be used to better analyze freight movements at various geographies from a statewide perspective to increase cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

  6. Global and National Economies: Track the interrelationships between economic issues, consumer trends, and resulting business models that impact metropolitan economies in New York State.

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2020 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 2020

January 7, 2020

July 8, 2020

2019 Meeting Minutes

October 17, 2019

January 7, 2019

2018 Meeting Minutes

October 31, 2018

June 21, 2018

March 14, 2018

2017 Meeting Minutes

August 30, 2017

2015 Meeting minutes

October 16, 2015

April 29, 2015