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.
Freight Working Group Goals
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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2017 Meeting Minutes