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Freight

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Baltimore Regional Transportation Board work with stakeholders to ensure our transportation system supports the safe and efficient movement of freight - upon which our economy, jobs, and consumers rely.

The Baltimore region is home to the nation’s sixth largest port, the Port of Baltimore, two Class I and three regional railroads, as well as the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Situated at the midpoint on the eastern seaboard, the Baltimore region also has an extensive roadway network. Maintaining and improving our existing transportation network will improve freight movement and economic growth for our region.

Port-2-Point Traffic Study

It is anticipated that freight movement between the Seagirt Marine Terminal (SMT) and Tradepoint Atlantic (TPA) will increase over the next 10 years as the development rate at TPA increases. It is expected that TPA will generate thousands of jobs and play a significant role in improving the economy of Baltimore County and the region. This will likely result in increased truck volumes between the two locations and across the Baltimore region. In late 2015, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) and its Freight Movement Task Force (FMTF) established a working group (P2P) consisting of key stakeholders to study traffic impacts of development of Tradepoint Atlantic (TPA).

The final report completed in June 2017 can be found/downloaded from here.

Downtown/Regional Freight Delivery Symposium

On March 29, 2017, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB)—the metropolitan planning organization for the Baltimore region—hosted the Baltimore Downtown/Regional Freight Delivery Symposium. The Symposium was held with assistance and sponsorship from the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Freight Management and Operations. The executive summary can be found here.

Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs)

In an urbanized area with a population of 500,000 or more individuals, the MPO, in consultation with the State, may designate a CUFC. A public road designated as a CUFC must meet one or more of the following four elements: A) connects an intermodal facility to: (1) the PHFS, (2) the Interstate System, or (3) an intermodal freight facility; B) is located within a corridor of a route on the PHFS and provides an alternative highway option important to goods movement; C) serves a major freight generator, logistic center, or manufacturing and warehouse industrial land; or D) is important to the movement of freight within the region, as determined by the MPO or the State. BRTB approved the following segments to be designated at CUFCs in the Baltimore region.