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Transportation: Freight Forum

[ About The Freight Forum ] [ 2014 Activities ]
[ Freight Transportation Guidebook ] [ Report A Highway Safety Issue ] Freight Train in Running in Beaver County

About The Freight Forum

The economic vitality of Southwestern Pennsylvania depends on the ability of the region to safely and efficiently move people, goods and materials into, through and out of the region.  The freight transportation network of the region includes the highway and interstate network, including local bridges and roadways, as well as the region’s airports, rail lines and waterways.

Partnerships among the various freight modes – air, rail, waterways and trucking – are crucial to the effective planning of freight transportation needs.  To facilitate collaboration between these multiple modes, SPC hosts a Freight Forum where representatives of these various sectors are invited to share information on issues and opportunities relevant to their operations; establish relationships with other freight interests in the region; and, learn about current and upcoming SPC activities.   SPC uses information gained at these meetings in the design and implementation of freight-specific roadway improvements such flyover ramps, and in the evaluation of applications for state and federal grant funding.

SPC’s 3rd Regional Freight Conference a Success

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, SPC hosted its Third Annual Regional Freight Conference, a one day event that brought in public and private sector decision-makers, planners and industry specialists from a five state region.

The more than 100 conference participants; heard what state and regional planners are doing to assess and enhance the movement of freight in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and beyond; learned what communities along the Ohio River are doing to redevelop riverfront brownfields, and how they plan to use water and rail transportation to drive local community redevelopment efforts; and were educated on the risks, current practices and benefits associated with the movement of crude oil, energy products and other products by rail.

SPC's 3rd Annual Freight ConferenceSPC will take information from this event to more effectively communicate the freight transportation needs of our region with decision-makers at all levels, and will work to develop regional freight partnerships with our adjoining regions and State DOTs to facilitate more integrated freight planning across modes.

Presentations from the Regional Freight Conference are available below in PDF format:

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2014 Activities  

Promoting the preservation and enhancement of the Commonwealth’s rail infrastructure is a priority of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Rail Freight.  In 2014, SPC assisted the Bureau in the review of several dozen applications for rail development under the Rail Freight Assistance Program and the Rail Technical Assistance Program (Capital Grant Program).  These programs contributed more than $14 million to rail development and infrastructure improvement projects in the SPC region.

Being responsive to the emerging freight transportation needs of the region requires an understanding of freight movement patterns, trends and projections.  SPC is an active participant in state and federal freight planning initiatives.  In 2014, SPC contributed to the development of the Pennsylvania Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, and the Pennsylvania Comprehensive Goods Movement Plan.

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Freight Transportation Guidebook

Freight Transportation Guidebook - Click To Download (3.27 M)SPC, in cooperation with the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, publishes the Southwestern Pennsylvania Freight Transportation Guidebook. The Fourth Edition of the Guidebook is now available for download in PDF.

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Report Highway Safety Issue

Please use the e-mail link or phone number below to report any safety hazards for pedestrians and bike riders on the roads of our ten-county Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Safety hazards include but are not limited to: gravelly or overly narrow berms, no berm at all, obstruction in the road or bike lane, and excessive wear or potholes.

When you write your message, please Be as specific as possible: i.e., tell us exactly where you found the safety concern by providing the road name, nearby intersections or landmarks, etc.

To report a highway safety issue, contact Sara Walfoort at (412) 391-5590 x339 or e-mail swalfoort@spcregion.org.

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Planificación del transporte de carga

El movimiento seguro y eficiente de mercancías y productos en la región, es esencial para la salud económica de la región Sudoeste de  Pennsylvania. El programa de Planificación del transporte de carga identifica y prioriza las necesidades del transporte ferroviario de la región, los intereses del transporte terrestre y del sistema marítimo interno.

Para descargar estos materiales, usted debe tener Adobe Acrobat Reader instalado. En caso de no tener Adobe Acrobat Reader instalado, el programa está disponible en forma gratuita para ser descargado desde el sitio web de Adobe.

SPC proporcionará libres traducciones de documentos vitales por solicitud. Este documento está disponible en otros formatos bajo pedido. Por favor llame al número (412) 391-5590 para obtener más información.

La SPC está comprometida con el cumplimiento de los requisitos antidiscriminatorios de los estatutos de derechos civiles, mandatos ejecutivos, regulaciones y políticas aplicables.  Con previo aviso, se pueden hacer ajustes  para personas con necesidades especiales relacionadas con habla, vista o audición.  Si tiene una petición respecto a una necesidad especial, desea presentar una queja u obtener más información, favor de comunicarse con Abigail Stark al (412) 391-5590, extensión 361 o mediante correo electrónico a mpavlosky@spcregion.org.

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Planification du fret

Le transport sûr et efficace des biens et des produits à travers toute la région est essentiel à la santé économique du sud-ouest de la Pennsylvanie. Le programme de planification du fret identifie et met l’accent sur les besoins en transport des voies ferrées de la région, les intérêts du camionnage et le système de navigation intérieure.

Pour télécharger ces documents, vous devez disposer du logiciel Adobe Acrobat Reader. Si vous n'avez pas Acrobat Reader, il est disponible en téléchargement gratuit sur le site d'Adobe.

SPC fournira libres traductions de documents essentiels par requête. Ce document est disponible en formats alternatifs sur demande. Veuillez  appeler le (412) 391-5590 pour plus d'informations.

La SPC s'engage à se mettre en conformité avec les exigences de non-discrimination des statuts de droits civils applicables, les décrets, les règlements et les politiques.  Sur avis préalable, l'hébergement peut être fourni à ceux qui ont des besoins particuliers liés à la langue, à la vue ou à l'audition. Si vous avez des besoins particuliers, n’hésitez pas à nous en faire part, ou si vous désirez de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter Abigail Stark au (412) 391-5590, poste 361 ou mpavlosky@spcregion.org.

Deutsch

Frachtplanung

Die sichere und effiziente Bewegung von Gütern und Produkten in der gesamten Region ist entscheidend für die wirtschaftliche Gesundheit vom südwestlichen Pennsylvania. Das Freight Planning Programm identifiziert und priorisiert die Transportbedürfnisse der Eisenbahnstrecken der Region, Interessen der Spediteure und das binnenländische Navigationssystem.

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SPC bieten kostenlose Übersetzungen von wichtigen Dokumenten durch Anforderung. Dieses Dokument ist auf Anfrage in anderen Formaten erhältlich. Rufen Sie bitte (412) 391-5590 für weitere Informationen an.

SPC verpflichtet sich zur Einhaltung der Antidiskriminations-Anforderungen der anwendbaren Statuten der Bürgerrechte, Durchführungsverordnungen, Vorschriften und Richtlinien.  Bei einer Mitteilung im Voraus können Vorkehrungen für diejenigen Personen getroffen werden, die spezielle Bedürfnisse in Bezug auf ihre Sprache, Sehvermögen oder Hörvermögen haben.  Wenn Sie eine Anfrage für ein spezielles Bedürfnis haben, eine Beschwerde einreichen möchten, oder zusätzliche Informationen wünschen, dann kontaktieren Sie bitte Abigail Stark unter (412) 391-5590, Nebenstelle 361 oder unter mpavlosky@spcregion.org.

Italiano

Pianifica del trasporto merci

Il trasporto sicuro ed efficace di merci e prodotti in tutta la regione è un aspetto cruciale per la salute economica della Pennsylvania sudoccidentale. Il programma di Pianifica del trasporto merci identifica e fissa le priorità relative al trasporto ferroviario, via camion e alla navigazione nell’entroterra.

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SPC fornirà libere traduzioni di documenti vitale da richiesta. Su richiesta, questo documento è disponibile in altri formati. Per ulteriori informazioni, si prega di chiamare il numero (412) 391-5590.

’SPC si impegna a rispettare i requisiti di eguaglianza dei diritti civili, degli statuti, degli ordini esecutivi, delle regolamentazioni e delle politiche applicabili. Se richieste in anticipo, possono essere accomodate le necessità particolari collegate alla lingua, alla vista o all’udito. Per richiedere sistemazioni speciali, inviare un commento o altre informazioni, si prega di contattare Abigail Stark al numero (412) 391-5590, interno 361 o all'indirizzo e-mail mpavlosky@spcregion.org.

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