About Freight Planning
The economic vitality of Southwestern Pennsylvania depends on safely and efficiently moving people, goods and materials into, through and out of the region. Our freight transportation network includes the highway and interstate network, including local bridges and roadways, as well as the region’s airports, rail lines and waterways.
To facilitate multimodal collaboration, SPC hosts a Freight Forum where representatives of 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.
Recognizing the role of freight (manufacturing and logistics) in local economic development, SPC is assisting efforts to attract emerging industries, build enhanced connections to the global marketplace, and protect mobility options to our commercial and industrial partners.
2017 Freight Conference Presentations (PDF)
Freight Plan Video
The release of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Freight Plan late in 2016 represented the culmination of a nearly two-year effort to define and assess the region’s multimodal freight transportation system; identify future freight movement needs and opportunities; and, craft a strategic freight action plan to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods of all types into, out of and through the SPC region.
Sara Walfoort talks about SPC's Freight Forum.
Recent activities include:
- Facilitating three meetings of the regional Freight Forum.
- Providing technical assistance on freight activities and data to Butler County in preparation of application for $20 million federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant.
- Reviewing regional candidate applications for freight rail preservation projects under the Pennsylvania Rail Freight Assistance Program and the Rail Technical Assistance Program.
- Providing technical input for the federally required PennDOT certification and submission to FHWA for the identification of Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors for the National Highway Freight Network update.
- Participation in the Pennsylvania Freight Working Group providing technical assistance in the development of the PennDOT Regional Freight Plan Guidance Document and the Pennsylvania Rail Freight Plan update.
- Participation with the PennDOT-sponsored planning group for the Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Conference.
- Participation in the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations International Urban Freight Peer Exchange.
- Participation in the Ohio Conference on Freight as conference committee member and moderator of the panel on Regional Freight Planning.
- Participation in the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission-sponsored Megaregions Conference.