Freight and urban goods management is identified as an area of key planning consideration for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) by federal transportation legislation (MAP-21).

The Capital Area MPO is partnering with the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO and NCDOT to develop a Regional Freight Plan for the Triangle region. This partnership recognizes the importance and need for these agencies to jointly address freight issues in the region.

The purpose of the plan is threefold:

  • To conduct a comprehensive regional study of freight, goods movement, and services mobility needs;
  • To develop a framework to proactively address freight and goods movement mobility needs and challenges in our region; and
  • To examine all modes of a freight transportation system with emphasis on trucks, rail and air cargo and to develop freight recommendations for the 2045 joint Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

It is envisioned that the plan will guide freight investments in a manner that supports the region’s goals for safety, social equity, economic productivity, sustainability, and livable communities.

The Final Report for the Triangle Regional Freight Plan, along with the supporting Appendices and Executive Summary are included.

NCDOT also has a statewide logistics plan that compliments and informs the regional plan.  For more information visit