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Regional Freight Planning in Baltimore

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  1. Regional Freight Planningin Baltimore Jocelyn Jones Baltimore Metropolitan Council 410/732-0500, x1049 jjones@baltometro.org March 21, 2001

  2. Overview • About Baltimore • Freight Movement Task Force • Useful Resources

  3. About Baltimore • Five counties & Baltimore City • Major interstates: I-70, I-95, I-83 • Port of Baltimore (POB) • BWI Airport • Railroads: CSX, NS, shortlines

  4. Freight Movement Task Force • Established in 1994 • Incorporates freight issues into the MPO planning process • Four meetings per year • Private sector chair & vice-chair

  5. Task Force Fact Sheet

  6. Recent Meeting Topics • Airport: air cargo & passenger growth, Fed Ex tour • Port: dredging, terminal operations • Rail: Conrail merger, state rail plan • Consultant perspective on international & regional issues • Woodrow Wilson Bridge status

  7. Task Force Activities • Operational Focus • Truck Parking Subcommittee • Freight Trends • Intermodal Connectors

  8. Truck Parking Subcommittee • Safety issue: Trucks park along highway shoulders and vehicles occasionally run into the back of them. • Is there a need for more truck parking spaces along I-95?

  9. Truck Parking Subcommittee (cont’d) • Major participants: state police, private truck stop operators (TSOs), two truck associations, MD DOT & modal administrations • Key point: subcommittee chair had relationships with chair of TSO council and state police

  10. Truck Parking Subcommittee (cont’d) • Information collected: Interviews with TSOs revealed that spaces are available TSOs identified spaces available at various times of day State police identified where trucks park on shoulders

  11. Truck Parking Subcommittee (cont’d) • Information collected (cont’d): Many big signs advertise rest areas, few little signs advertise TSOs State’s truckers map was outdated, difficult to get, & cost $1

  12. Truck Parking Subcommittee (cont’d) • Recommendations: New signs related to truck stops Revise truckers map, improve distribution, & offer for free Review enforcement practices, if no change takes place

  13. Freight Trends

  14. Intermodal Connectors • March Workshop to identify potential improvements on connectors and other local roads • Invitees: truck, rail, port, air cargo, econ. dev., & public works reps; intermodal terminal mgrs; logistics mgrs; TSOs

  15. Intermodal Connectors • Participants are asked to identify improvements in advance of workshop, develop prioritization criteria, encouraged to participate in site visits • Improvements on intermodal connectors are reviewed by consultant, local public works to review others

  16. Useful Resources • Connect with peers: mailing lists, attend meetings • Publications: Traffic World, modal newsletters/magazines • Other Groups: Council of Logistics Management, Traffic Club • Site Visits • Training: Building the Partnership