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Texas freight advisory committee. Freight Partnership V July 31-August 2, 2013. TEXAS FREIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEE OVERVIEW. Created in January 2013 by the Texas Transportation Commission Evolved out of the Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group

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Texas freight advisory committee

Texas freight advisory committee

Freight Partnership V

July 31-August 2, 2013


TEXAS FREIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEE OVERVIEW

  • Created in January 2013 by the Texas Transportation Commission

  • Evolved out of the Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group

  • Membership Includes Private and Public Sector Freight Stakeholders

  • Committee Meets Quarterly

  • Held Kick-off Meeting on February 28, 2013

  • To-Date Met Two Times

  • Next Meeting Scheduled for August 22, 2013



Committee membership
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

  • Comprise of 24 Members and Affiliates

  • Represents a Cross-Section of Freight Industry in Texas

Sectors Represented

  • Economic Development

  • Railroads

  • Trucking

  • Agriculture

  • Ports

  • Manufacturing

  • Air Cargo

  • Inland Port

  • 3PLs

  • Exporters and Importers

  • Shippersand Receivers

  • Retailers

  • Public Sector

  • Ocean Carriers

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Importance of the committee
IMPORTANCE OF THE COMMITTEE

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  • Essential Component of TxDOT’s Comprehensive and Multimodal Freight Planning Program

  • Freight Transportation is Driven by the Private Sector, and Requires a Mix of Public and Private Stakeholders

  • Enable TxDOT to Better Plan for Freight Transportation Mobility by Incorporating Freight into Policy, Planning, Programming, and Implementation Activities

  • Help TxDOT to Identify Freight Transportation Networks that are Critical to the State’s Economic Growth and Global Competitiveness


Committee purpose
COMMITTEE PURPOSE

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  • Forum for Discussing Transportation Decisions Affecting Freight Mobility

  • Advise TxDOT on Freight Related Priorities, Issues, Projects, and Funding

  • Make Recommendations on Freight Transportation Policies and Performance Measures

  • Participate in the Development of the First Comprehensive and Multimodal Texas Freight Mobility Plan

  • Communicate and Coordinate Priorities with Other Organizations

  • Help TxDOT to Understand the Concerns of the Freight Industry and Business Community

  • Assist the State in Promoting the Role of Freight to the State’s Economic Competitiveness


Committee mission
COMMITTEE MISSION

Advise TxDOT on Freight Issues, Priorities, Projects, Funding Needs for Freight Improvements, and Elevate Freight Transportation as a Critical Component of the State’s Economic Vitality and Competitiveness.

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Committee goals
COMMITTEE GOALS

Become “Champions” and Develop a Statewide Coalition

Build Consensus and Collaborate on Common Issues

Generate Ongoing Long-term Stakeholder Involvement and Partnership

Improve the State’s Freight Transportation System Collaboratively

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Committee objectives
COMMITTEE OBJECTIVES

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  • Ensure Participation of Private Sector Freight Stakeholders in TxDOT’s Freight Planning Process

  • Ensure Freight Transportation is Addressed in TxDOT’s Transportation Planning, Programming, Investments, and Implementation Processes

  • Assist TxDOT to Identify and Prioritize Strategic Freight Transportation Projects that Facilitate Safe and Efficient Freight Movement

  • Improve the Condition and Performance of the Texas Freight System to Facilitate Texas’ Ability to Compete in a Global Economy


Committee roles and responsibilities
COMMITTEE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Contribute to the Development of Statewide Freight Policies

  • Contribute to Development of Multimodal Texas Freight Mobility Plan

  • Strengthen Collaboration Between TxDOT and Freight Industry

Advice

  • TxDOT to Understand Concerns of the Freight and Business Community

  • Foster Dialogue Between TxDOT and Freight Industry

  • Shape the Future of Texas Freight Transportation System

Assist

  • Provide a Common Voice for the State’s Freight Issues

  • Participate in all Activities of the Committee

  • Become Freight “Champions”

Support

& Advocate

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Committee influences freight plan efforts
COMMITTEE: INFLUENCES FREIGHT PLAN EFFORTS

  • Facilitated Discussion

  • Discuss Needs and Solutions

  • Managers within Freight Community

  • Facilitated Discussion

  • Discuss Business Sector Trends

  • Leaders in Freight Community

  • Vested in Successful Freight Mobility Plan

  • Freight Community Participants

  • One-on-one

  • Performed on-site

  • Discuss Specific Operational Needs and Solutions

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  • Contribute to the Development of a Comprehensive and Multimodal Texas Freight Mobility Plan


Committee role texas freight mobility plan
COMMITTEE ROLE : TEXAS FREIGHT MOBILITY PLAN

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  • Articulate Concerns of the Freight Industry and Business Community

Provide a Common Voice for Freight Transportation Issues


Txdot staff roles and responsibilities
TXDOT STAFF ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Committee Point of Contact

  • Coordinate Communication Between the Chair, Committee, and Stakeholders

  • Ensure that All Requests for Information and Questions that the Committee May Have are Answered in a Timely Manner

  • Ensure that Committee Activities are Coordinated

  • Handle all Committee Meeting Logistics

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Committee governance
COMMITTEE GOVERNANCE

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  • Committee isGoverned by a Chair and Vice-Chair

  • Chair and Vice-ChairProvideCommittee Leadershipand Overall Direction

  • Chair Oversees all Meetings and Act as Committee Spokesperson

  • Decisions and Recommendations Based on the 4-Cs—Consensus, Coordination, Cooperation, and Communication

  • Committee Meets Quarterly and Additional Meetings as Needed

  • Each Member Has toMake Their Best Effort to Attend All Meetings

  • All Committee Members have Equal Opportunity to Provide Input

  • Members May Designate an Alternateto Participate in the Meeting in Their Absence


Committee performance measures
COMMITTEE PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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  • Levels of Stakeholder Participation and Meeting Attendance

  • Committee Newsletter (Monthly or Quarterly?)

  • Quarterly Progress Reports

  • Annual Report Card: Key Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities


Key success factors
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS

Strategic Committee Selection

Committee Chairs’ Leadership

Success Factors

Clear Direction and Expectations

Define Roles and Responsibilities

Committee Member Commitment and Participation

Focus Meeting: Agenda and White Papers

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Visible Management Support and Commitment


Summary
SUMMARY

  • Freight Advisory Committee is an Essential Component of TxDOT’s Comprehensive and Multimodal Freight Planning Program

  • Addressing Freight Requires Involvement of Multiple Partners from Public and Private Sectors

  • Committee Provides the Opportunity to Collaboratively Address Critical Freight Transportation Issues in Texas

  • On-goingand Long-term Partnerships with all Freight Stakeholders is Key to Addressing Freight Issues in the State


www.MoveTexasFreight.com

Caroline Mays, AICP

Interim Freight Systems Branch Manager

(O) 512-486-5059

(C) 512-658-2436

[email protected]


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