Legislation (1998-2003) included planning for freight interests in the
transportation planning process during the development of the Transportation
Improvement Plan (TIP) and the Transportation Plan (TP).
planning is important to understanding the challenges that come with increasing
demand for freight transportation to improve mobility and productivity. Freight
planning programs conduct research on commodity flows and related freight
transportation activities, develop analytical tools, measure system performance,
and examines the relationship between freight transportation improvements and
the economy. These topics provide a more detailed and broader perspective on
freight transportation’s contribution to the U.S. economy and promote a more
efficient, safe, and secure intermodal system.
–based on FHWA, Office of Freight Management and Operations Website
Freight planning in North Central Indiana uses the resources of local freight transportation providers to provide input into the transportation planning process. Building relationships with the local freight transportation providers gives input from the people who use the transportation system everyday, and can be used to build a better system for all users. The input received from the studies, listed below, will be used to provide input on projects affecting freight movement in future Long Range Transportation Plan updates.
2004 MACOG Freight Transportation Study:
An Analysis of Freight Capacity and Movement in North Central Indiana
The purpose of this study is to identify transportation network related problems in North Central Indiana as they relate to freight haulers. This study analyzed the current transportation network, identified key freight stakeholders, conducted a survey of over 500 freight haulers, and identified growth areas in each of the communities in North Central Indiana. This study identified: key growth areas by businesses who utilize freight and perceive a need for better access to major transportation routes, the importance of freight movement to North Central Indiana as well as Indiana as a whole, transportation network issues, and transportation policy issues in our region and nationwide.
Click Here for 2004 MACOG Freight Transportation Study
2007 Regional Truck Route Inventory
Large Truck Route Maps:
City of Elkhart
City of Goshen
City of Warsaw
St. Joseph County
South Bend/Mishawaka Area
Michiana Freight Transportation Study:
Analysis of Freight Capacity and Movement in Northern Indiana
of this document was to explore growth and congestion affecting freight flows as
they relate to the Michiana Region. The
study addresses truck, rail, and airfreight movement.
A variety of sources including a 1999 series of freight surveys conducted
by the MACOG were considered during the development of the document.
The report also contains statistics from a survey of freight carriers in
the region, identification of key economic development zones, recommendations,
and implementation strategies. The results of this study will be used as
input for the 25-year Transportation Plan and for the Congestion Management
1995 Intermodal Goods Movement Study for St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties
The focus of this document was on regulatory issues affecting the freight community, including truck, rail, and pipeline.
If you have any questions about freight planning activities, please call MACOG at (574) 674-8894 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.