Regional Freight & Goods Movement Studies
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.
Phase I (Completed in 2003)
In 2003, the Nashville Area MPO published the results from Phase I of the Regional Freight & Goods Movement Study. That report served to highlight the role that the freight industry plays in the success of our local economy and to illustrate the movement of freight in, around, and through our region. The principal goal of that study was to build a foundation to formally integrate freight into the overall MPO planning process. To that end, the study was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Establish the basis for subsequent freight planning efforts by assembling a regional Freight Advisory Committee and developing a regional freight profile.
- Identify quick-action freight related strategies, policies and projects specific to the Nashville area that could be implemented into the MPO's plans and programs.
Phase II (Completed in 2010)
Building upon the accomplishments of Phase I of the Regional Freight & Goods Movement Study, the Nashville Area MPO is completed an effort to identify and plan for long-term freight needs in the Nashville region. Phase II of the study provided the needed technical tools to help regional partners:
- Predicting future freight traffic volumes through the year 2035.
- Identifying areas likely to see future capacity constraints and infrastructure deficiencies
- Identifying possible traffic bottlenecks and safety concerns
- Evaluating the costs and benefits of potential improvements
The second phase of the study was also used to develop specific long-range transportation projects, identify potential funding sources for those projects, and evaluate policy-based solutions to accommodate future levels of freight on our regional transportation system while protecting the mobility and safety of the traveling public.
Phase III (Current)
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; and
- 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.
Recent presenations and additional information related to this phase of the study are below: