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 partnered 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.
The plan will guide future freight investments in the region that are supportive of goals for safety, social equity, economic productivity, sustainability, and livable communities.
NCDOT also has a Statewide Logistics Plan that compliments and informs the regional plan.