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Regional Freight Planning in Baltimore. Jocelyn Jones Baltimore Metropolitan Council 410/732-0500, x1049 [email protected] 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

[email protected]

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State’s truckers map was outdated, difficult to get, & cost $1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

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