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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 Planningin Baltimore

Jocelyn Jones

Baltimore Metropolitan Council

410/732-0500, x1049

March 21, 2001


  • About Baltimore

  • Freight Movement Task Force

  • Useful Resources

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

  • Established in 1994

  • Incorporates freight issues into the MPO planning process

  • Four meetings per year

  • Private sector chair & vice-chair

Task Force Fact Sheet

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

  • Operational Focus

  • Truck Parking Subcommittee

  • Freight Trends

  • Intermodal Connectors

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)

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    State’s truckers map was outdated, difficult to get, & cost $1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

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 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

  • 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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