Since 1992, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has been conducting freight planning on a continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated basis. Freight is a specified planning consideration required by federal transportation legislation and an area of increasing attention by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).
DVRPC's Freight Planning Program is designed to assure the full incorporation of freight into the transportation planning process. This is achieved through technical endeavors, committee work, and the treatment of freight in the Long Range Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program.
The treatment of freight is an important complement to DVRPC's treatment of passenger movement. As some national estimates predict a doubling of cargo volumes by the Year 2035, there is an urgent need to educate elected officials, planners, and the general public about freight trends and logistics processes.
- Chester County Freight Plan
- Freight Rail Data Improvement Program
- City of Philadelphia Truck Route Planning Guidebook
DVRPC's freight advisory committee, the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force, allows the local freight community to participate in formulating regional policies, plans, and programs. This joint public-private sector initiative brings together executives from Class I and shortline railroads, trucking and air freight firms to meet with federal, state, and local agency leaders, toll authorities and national advocacy groups.