Regional Freight and Goods Movement Study: Phase III

Study Overview

The freight planning efforts of the Nashville Area MPO are ongoing and largely based on a series of studies being conducted to help integrate freight-related goals into the regional long range transportation planning process.

Building upon the accomplishments of the first two phases of the Regional Freight & Goods Movement Study, the Nashville Area MPO is currently working with consulting experts and local freight advisors to:

  • Conduct a review and analysis of historic trends and existing conditions in the region including an analysis of commodity flows, import/ export trading partners, local freight attractors and generators, freight networks and routing, economic impact of freight and logistics, etc.
  • Conduct a review and analysis of future conditions including a forecast of future commodity flows and freight movements, and an evaluation of programmed and planned transportation improvements, future land use policies, economic and community development plans, etc. that may affect or be affected by freight and goods movement
  • Develop a guiding vision for the region's freight system, including a designated truck route network, and supporting polices, strategies, regulations to facilitate its implementation
  • Formulate recommendations for optimizing local land use plans and land development policies, codes, and ordinances in support of improved freight access and delivery
  • Create print and web-based communication tools that help promote awareness of freight movements, associated benefits and challenges, proposed strategies, and proposed improvements across the region.

    Major Findings

    The Freight and Goods Movement Study – Phase III builds upon the Nashville Area MPO’s previous efforts to provide the MPO, its member jurisdictions, and strategic partners with information and recommendations to help minimize the negative impacts of freight movement on local communities, while also embracing freight’s key contributions to regional prosperity. Highlights of the effort include:

    - A review and analysis of historic trends and existing conditions in the region, including an analysis of commodity flows, import/export trading partners, local freight attractors and generators, freight networks and routing, economic impact of freight and logistics, etc.
    - A review and analysis of future conditions including a forecast of future commodity flows and freight movements, and an evaluation of programmed and planned transportation improvements, future land use policies, economic and community development plans, etc. that may affect or be affected by freight and goods movement;
    - Development of a guiding vision for the region’s freight system, including a designated truck route network, and supporting polices, strategies, regulations to facilitate its implementation;
    - Recommendations for optimizing local land use plans and land development policies, codes, and ordinances in support of improved freight access and delivery;
    - Print and web‐based communication tools that help promote awareness of freight movements, associated benefits and challenges, proposed strategies, and proposed improvements across the region. This report describes historic, existing, and future conditions for goods movement in the Nashville region. 

    Recommendations

    The report states that to ensure economic prosperity, job opportunities, safety and reliability of roadways, and a continued improvement in quality of life, the Middle Tennessee region must coordinate freight planning with other efforts to attract manufacturing, logistics, and industrial growth while minimizing negative impacts on surrounding communities and citizens. 

    Strategies to accomplish the vision for freight in Middle Tennessee:

    1. Implement a regional truck network
    2. Optimize the location of rail operations
    3. Coordinate economic development and land use decisions with planned investment


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What

  • Regional Freight and Goods Movement Study: Phase III

Completion Date

  • 2015

Consultants

  • Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Study Partners

  • Nashville Area MPO
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