An efficient transportation system moves more than people. Virtually everything we wear, eat, or purchase arrives through the movement of freight and goods. Planning for freight movement is an important piece of MetroPlan Orlando’s long range planning process. For more information about freight planning, contact Dennis Hooker, Manager of Long Range Planning at 407-481-5672 x321.
Freight Planning in Central Florida
The original Freight, Goods and Services Mobility Strategy Plan (FG&SMSP) was completed in April, 2002. The forecast year for that study was 2025.
The study showed that moving freight, goods and services has a major impact on the mobility and economy of the Study Area, which covers Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The Orlando Urban Area airports, railroads and the regional seaport have long supported the area’s economic prosperity, and freight shipments through these facilities are increasing rapidly. The facilities' future success depends in part on expanding to meet the region’s needs. Their success also requires efficient connections to the regional, national and international freight movement system.
Click below to view the original Freight, Goods and Services Mobility Strategy Plan:
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Freight in the 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan
The 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) focuses on the concept of freight villages. A freight village is a facility where access is provided to rails, trucks, ports, and/or airports. These facilities enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system for people and freight as well as for large scale manufacturing. Freight villages serve as economic drivers by offering lower logistics costs and creating jobs in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing, packaging plants, and other value-added businesses.
Click to view future freight village locations identified in the 2030 LRTP.
A New Study Continues to Evaluate Freight Needs
Many studies have addressed characteristics and needs of people traveling in Central Florida. However, until the 2002 freight plan, there was relatively little information about the movement of freight, goods and services -- particularly by truck. A study underway now is intended to build upon the original study and expand links to regional, state, national, and international markets.
The current study has five main objectives:
• To develop and update a database describing characteristics and patterns of freight, goods and services movement in the region -- including the capacities of major freight-handling modes and facilities
• To identify current problems and emerging future needs for moving freight, goods and services in the region
• To develop and revise recommended actions to address those current and future needs and to enhance the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of freight, goods and services mobility in the region
• To explore the impact of freight, goods and services on trade and investment within the region
• To analyze and evaluate the impact of commercial freight and services vehicles on the region's air quality
The following documents provide detailed information pertaining to specific aspects of Freight, Goods and Services movement. As documents are made available, this list will be updated.
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