Transportation Mode:
Freight


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 Alex Trauger at 407-481-5672 x324.

A Regional Study Evaluates Freight Needs

Many studies have addressed characteristics and needs of people traveling in Central Florida. However, until the 2002 MetroPlan Orlando freight plan, there was relatively little information about the movement of freight, goods and services -- particularly by truck.  A study under way now is building upon the original study and expands links to regional, state, national, and international markets.  Additionally, the study examines seven counties in Central Florida: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Sumter, Volusia and Brevard.

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 technical information pertaining to specific aspects of freight, goods and services movement:

Regional Freight Study 2013: Current Year Commodity Flow Profile

Jun 20, 2013 • 6.61Mb

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Regional Freight Study 2013: Facilities Profile

Jun 20, 2013 • 11.12Mb

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Regional Freight Study 2013: Future Year Commodity Flow Profile

Jun 20, 2013 • 2.7Mb

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Regional Freight Study 2013: Air Cargo Profile and Forecast

Jun 20, 2013 • 1.25Mb

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Regional Freight Study 2013: Draft Needs Assessment

Jul 8, 2013 • 14.17Mb

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Regional Freight Study 2013: Draft Recommendations and Solutions

Sep 16, 2013 • 2.59Mb

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Regional Freight Study 2013: Draft Final Report

Dec 19, 2013 • 4.47Mb

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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.

the start of 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:

Freight, Goods and Services Mobility Strategy Plan - June 2002

Dec 23, 2010 • 23.22Mb

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