What is Freight Planning?
The Freight Planning Unit exists to coordinate public-private, state-local, and state-federal freight transportation investment decisions and activities on a statewide and state-to-state basis. It ensures that all ODOT Divisions integrate freight mobility considerations into their day-to-day business practices.
Freight planning refers to connecting different modes of transportation and/or transferring freight from one mode to another at facilities such as airports, terminals, and stations.
A recent forecast predicts that the volume of freight moved in Oregon will nearly double by 2035. This increase will be the result of growth in population and global trade. Trucking currently handles the majority of freight moved. Some shippers may find opportunities for expansion and shifts to other modes of transportation. The other modes currently used to ship freight include railroads, marine ships and barges, aircraft, and pipelines. Some freight is moved by other modes of transportation. Maximizing freight mobility and optimizing the use of all modes will be critical to continuing economic prosperity in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the nation.
Freight planning staff implements the Oregon Freight Plan and supports the Oregon Freight Advisory Committee. Other primary unit responsibilities include administering the ConnectOregon program and preserving the carrying capacity of freight routes under the Oregon Administrative Rule 731-012-0010 (Reduction of Vehicle-Carrying Capacity).