Freight Planning

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The movement of goods is and always has been critical to the availability of the necessities of life and economic activity in the Boston region. Reflecting that need, planning for the policies and infrastructure that enable the movement of freight and goods by road, rail, water, and air is a mandatory part of the federal 3C (continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative) planning process. Freight planning at the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is concerned with freight movement between metropolitan areas and, increasingly, with regional and local distribution of goods and packages (first- and last-mile delivery). Freight planning frequently includes investigation, analysis, and classification of truck movement, including commercial and service vehicles.

Since federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014, the MPO’s freight planning has focused on the following goals:

  • Complement multimodal freight planning and address issues identified by the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan and other MPO planning efforts.
  • Complement freight planning by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and other operating agencies, including the Massachusetts Port Authority, that influence freight movement in the Boston region.
  • Identify and study freight-specific issues in an ongoing manner as resources permit.
  • Fulfill analysis requirements mandated by current federal transportation funding authorizations.
  • Support the study of freight issues and mandated analysis requirements with the acquisition, collection, and utilization of freight data on a systematic and ongoing basis and improve existing analytical tools for estimation and prediction.

Current Activities

The MPO’s freight planning activities are guided by the 2013 Freight Planning Action Plan and its 2019 update. We plan the following activities for FFY 2022:

  • Transition management of the MPO’s freight planning from longtime manager Bill Kuttner to Sandy Johnston.
  • Prepare for and execute freight-related analyses for the upcoming Long-Range Transportation Plan, Destination 2050.
  • Build relationships with and interview regional stakeholders about freight needs.
  • Monitor the implications of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the accompanying surface transportation bill reauthorization and determine how it might provide opportunities to enhance the MPO’s freight-related activities.
  • Modernize truck modeling in conjunction with other upgrades to the MPO’s travel demand model.
  • Seek opportunities to study freight movement in and around the Boston region.

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Contact

Sandy Johnston, MPO staff
857.702.3710
sjohnston@ctps.org