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Regional Freight Planning in Baltimore. Jocelyn Jones Baltimore Metropolitan Council 410/732-0500, x1049 March 21, 2001. Overview. About Baltimore Freight Movement Task Force Useful Resources. About Baltimore. Five counties & Baltimore City

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Regional freight planning in baltimore

Regional Freight Planningin Baltimore

Jocelyn Jones

Baltimore Metropolitan Council

410/732-0500, x1049

March 21, 2001



  • About Baltimore

  • Freight Movement Task Force

  • Useful Resources

About baltimore

About Baltimore

  • Five counties & Baltimore City

  • Major interstates: I-70, I-95, I-83

  • Port of Baltimore (POB)

  • BWI Airport

  • Railroads: CSX, NS, shortlines

Freight movement task force

Freight Movement Task Force

  • Established in 1994

  • Incorporates freight issues into the MPO planning process

  • Four meetings per year

  • Private sector chair & vice-chair

Task force fact sheet

Task Force Fact Sheet

Recent meeting topics

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

Task force activities

Task Force Activities

  • Operational Focus

  • Truck Parking Subcommittee

  • Freight Trends

  • Intermodal Connectors

Truck parking subcommittee

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?

Truck parking subcommittee cont d

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

Truck parking subcommittee cont d1

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

Truck parking subcommittee cont d2

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    State’s truckers map was outdated, difficult to get, & cost $1

Truck parking subcommittee cont d3

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

Freight trends

Freight Trends

Intermodal connectors

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

Intermodal connectors1

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

Useful resources

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

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