Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Coffee will be available at 9:30 A.M. and lunch will be served following the meeting.

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For directions Call (215) 592-1800
Please Use Sixth Street Entrance


1. Call to Order

Task Force members and friends will be welcomed and recognized. Highlights from the previous freight advisory committee meetings on July 10, 2019 will be offered for approval.

2. Implementing New Jersey’s Statewide Freight Plan 

In 2017, NJDOT completed its most current Statewide Freight Plan, documenting the importance that the goods movement industry has in the Garden State and its reliance on the state’s transportation infrastructure. Over the last 18 months, the department has been working on several initiatives to implement many of the findings and outcomes of the plan. Stephen Chiaramonte, WSP USA, will provide a summary of these initiatives, including those most relevant to the Delaware Valley.

3. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the trucking industry in the United States and works to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving commercial carriers. Timothy Cotter, Pennsylvania Division Administrator with the FMCSA will provide an overview of the agency, its approach to improving safety, and update the committee on regulatory changes.

4. Rail Freight and the Commonwealth's Economy

Steve Panko of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports, and Waterways will provide an overview of the Rail Freight and the Commonwealth's Economy study. This study explored the effectiveness of rail assistance programs, the economic competitiveness of Pennsylvania rail freight, and explored opportunities to strengthen the system.

5. PES: A City of Philadelphia Perspective

The closure of the refinery complex owned by Philadelphia Energy Solutions is a critical development for the city and region. Chris Rupe, Chief of Staff in the Managing Director's Office at the City of Philadelphia will provide an overview of the steps the City is taking in response to the shutdown, highlighting the role and limits of the City in the process and the work of the Refinery Advisory Committee.

6. Two-minute Reports

Task Force and Subcommittee chairs and Task Force members and friends are invited to offer updates on the activities of their companies and agencies.

7. Old or New Business/Adjournment

Old or new items of business will be considered. The remaining 2020 meeting dates of the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force are:
  • Wednesday, January 8
  • Wednesday, April 8
  • Wednesday, July 8
  • Wednesday, October 7