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The BRTB works 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 (CSX and NS) 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.

Recent Freight Movement Task Force Planning Activities:

Dundalk Marine Terminal (DMT) Truck Study, June 2018

At the request of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA), an active member of the Freight Movement Task Force (FMTF), BMC initiated a special truck classification count at the entrance to the Dundalk Marine Terminal (DMT). MPA was interested in finding out how many of the permitted and oversize/overweight trucks leaving DMT were using the approved truck route (using Dunhill Road) versus turning left and/or right onto Broening Highway which was restricted to these special loads.

Wise Avenue Truck Restriction Compliance Study, November 2018

At the request of Baltimore County Department of Public Works, BMC initiated a data collection and analysis of truck movements along Wise Avenue between Merritt Boulevard and North Point Boulevard. This section of Wise Avenue is restricted to trucks - with the exception of local delivery vehicles. Local residents and elected officials were concerned about an increased volume of truck activity along this corridor.

Port-2-Point Traffic Study, 2015-2017

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 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 was completed in June 2017.

Downtown/Regional Freight Delivery Symposium, 2017

On March 29, 2017, the BRTB 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.

Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs), 2017

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 Primary Highway Freight System, (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.