Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force
DVRPC's freight advisory committee, the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force, is open to all trucking, railroad, port, airport, shipper, freight forwarder, economic development, and member government representatives. The Task Force is co-chaired by PennDOT and DVRPC, meets quarterly, and includes three subcommittees (Data, Planning, and Shippers).
DVRPC is involved with additional initiatives and partners in a support role, such as the I-95 Corridor Coalition; the Transportation Research Board; the Pennsylvania Rail Freight Advisory Committee; local consulates; and the Traffic Club of Philadelphia.
The Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force typically meets in the DVRPC main conference room on a quarterly basis in January, April, July, and October. An outstanding array of guest speakers has addressed the Goods Movement Task Force at previous meetings.
Reflective of its dynamic agenda and the desire to forge consensus and achieve integration, the DVRPC freight advisory committee reviews and considers recommendations regarding staff work priorities, subcommittee assignments, MPO core activities, policy issues, and member-driven requests.
Quarterly progress reports inform partners of key staff activities and accomplishments to support DVRPC freight planning efforts.
The freight advisory committee has maintained its essential structure over time and is guided by a set of self-determined objectives and an Executive Committee and is supported by Subcommittees.
Freight Advisory Committee Case Study [2.2 MB .pdf]
Successful freight advisory committees are dependent on institutional commitment and effectiveness.
Links to websites of key freight planning partners and resources are maintained by DVRPC.
The Honor Roll recognizes the leadership and key contributions of previous committee chairs and members.
Several important projects and efforts are being lead by Task Force member companies and agencies to examine and improve freight flows.
Due to its emergence as an important planning consideration, the topic of freight transportation has generated a significant amount of research and analysis.