Freight Action Plan

SRPEDD's Transportation Planning Department

The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) has determined the need for updating and evaluating freight planning initiatives in the region. The intent of this effort is to analyze and incorporate global, national and statewide goals and trends into the framework of southeastern Massachusetts while remaining sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of our region. SRPEDD intends to assess how growing and changing freight movements may benefit or impact communities and infrastructure assets throughout the region.

Logo for Southeastern Massachusetts Freight Action Plan

The last Regional Truck Study was conducted in 2009, and an updated analysis of the region will have several benefits for the communities. This assessment will equip our communities and business leaders to prepare for, respond to and mitigate the effects of those potential impacts while also leveraging opportunities to promote economic growth and resilience within the region.

Project Scope

The Freight Study will implement the following procedures and objectives:

  1. Explore the possibility of developing and convening a Freight-Advisory Task Force for the region.
  2. Evaluate actions taken from the conclusions and recommendations of the Regional Truck Route Study (2009)
  3. Explore and potentially establish Truck Freight, Freight Rail, Air Cargo & Waterway Performance Measures in consultation with regional, state, federal agencies and the freight advisory task force.
  4. Assess the regions capacity to meet objectives laid out by Mass DOT in the Massachusetts Freight Plan (2018).
  5. Explore opportunities for freight alternatives to trucking within the region: Determine the needs of the ports of New Bedford and Fall River to accommodate growth and additional shipping along the east coast.
  6. Data collection that includes but is not limited too:
      • External-internal movements
      • Assessment of freight generators
      • Mass DOT crash portal
      • Automated traffic counters
      • Travel demand modeling
  7. ) Analyze the Current Planning Context & Future trends (actions which may include but are not limited to):
      • Final Report
      • Map of freight generators
      • Story Map to accompany the final report
      • Update of Evaluation Criteria Mapping



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