Regional Freight Profile
Nashville has an excellent distribution network at hand with highway, rail, air, and barge facilities all readily available. Three major U.S. interstate highways intersect in Nashville: I-40, I-65, and I-24. The area is served by numerous freight carriers with terminal locations throughout the metropolitan area and beyond. The Cumberland River provides full river barge access to the Gulf of Mexico. CSX Transportation serves Nashville with a major classification yard as well as container, automotive, and bulk terminals. Companies who arrange freight transportation on behalf of local businesses are also active in the Region.
Nashville's freight infrastructure carries significant tonnage of traffic through the year. The total volume is just short of 300 million tons. While all four modes of transport - truck, rail, water, and air - are represented, trucking far surpasses others in volume.
A substantial portion of the total freight traffic traversing the Nashville Region is "through traffic" with no origin or destination in the area. 77% of truck and rail tonnage combined is through traffic.
Of the total tonnage moving in the Nashville Region, 82% is moving by truck. Rail service moves a substantially smaller volume at 15% of the total, and water and air have lesser volumes. Individual Profiles show the breakdown of tonnage by mode. View the freight forecasts.
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Analysis
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Analysis
- Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Overview
- Maritime Administration (MARAD) Statistics
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) All-Cargo Data
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Data & Statistics
- Research and Innovative Technology Administration Bureau of Transportation Statistics (RITA BTS) Statistics
Freight Planning Coordinator
Senior Transportation Planner