Freight

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Freight Study

CDTC is in the process of developing an updated Regional Freight & Goods Movement Study. The study is expected provide the CDTC, its member jurisdictions, and strategic partners with information and recommendations to embrace freight’s key contributions to regional prosperity, while also help minimize the negative impacts of freight movement on local communities. This study will include all modes of freight transportation. Highlights of the effort include:

• Development of a regional freight profile;

• A review and analysis of future conditions;

• Development of methods for fully integrating freight needs into the CDTC’s overall long‐range planning and short‐range programming process;

• Development of a guiding vision for the region’s freight system;

• Recommendations for optimizing local land use plans and land development policies and ordinances in support of improved freight access and delivery; and,

• Recommendations for future print and web‐based communication tools.

The study is intended to provide analysis and recommendations that will evolve into the freight element of the CDTC’s 2040 New Visions Plan update. In addition, CDTC, in a partnership with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), has received a Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) grant to develop a process to effectively collect, integrate, and maintain freight-related data from multiple sources. Finally, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is in the process of developing a Statewide Freight Plan.

Freight Advisory Committee

CDTC has an active Freight Advisory Committee that brings together private freight operators and public freight planners to share information on local freight issues and events in order to develop a reliable, efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible freight transportation system for the region. This standing committee meets regularly and includes representatives of the freight and logistics industry and public agencies. This includes infrastructure owners, transportation agencies, railroad companies, ports, airports, carriers, shippers, receivers, land developers, local government agencies, and NYSDOT.

The roles of the Freight Advisory Committee include:

  • Participating in the development of the Regional Freight & Goods Movement Plan and the Freight Priority Network
  • Reviewing project applications and providing funding recommendations
  • Advising on freight-related priorities, issues, projects, and funding needs
  • Serving as a forum for discussion of decisions affecting freight transportation
  • Communicating and coordinating regional priorities
  • Promoting the sharing of information between private and public sectors
  • Addressing some of the common freight problems in our area

Freight Advisory Committee meetings are held quarterly in February, May, August, and November. Anyone interested in freight or goods movement issues is welcome to attend.

The next CDTC Freight Advisory Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9:00 AM at the CDTC Offices.

Meeting Agenda and Attachments

For more information please contact Chris Bauer at freight@cdtcmpo.org or (518) 458-2161.

Meeting Notes:

2017: February  |  May

2016: February  |  May   |  November

2015: January  |  April  |  July  |  November 

2014: January  |  July  |  October

Freight & Goods Movement

The Capital Region occupies a strategic location within the Northeastern United States. The region sits at the nexus of 2 Interstates (I-87 and I-90), several major highways and rail routes, and along the Hudson River. This location has made the region a transportation crossroads for many industries, which have produced enormous benefits to the many communities throughout the area. However, this position also brings the region a set of challenges associated with various aspects of freight transportation.

As the entity responsible for both near term and long range transportation planning, CDTC chose to undertake a new Regional Freight & Goods Movement Plan to better understand the role and profile of freight transportation throughout the region. This will in turn contribute to making appropriate investments to support the efficiency and safety of goods movement.