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Statewide Freight Planning Considerations

Ohio Department of Transportation

Suzann Rhodes, AICP

Administrator, Office of Urban and Corridor Planning

614 - 644-7093

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Today’s presentation:

  • My ideas/opinion - what can be done through planning

  • Some Ohio DOT programs

    To learn more:

  • NCHRP studies

    • 8-36 “Best Practices Statewide Freight Planning”

    • 8-47 “Guidebook on Freight Policy, Planning and Programming in Small and Medium Metro Areas”

    • 8-53 “Incorporating Freight into Transportation Planning and Project Selection Processes”

  • TRB - January ’06 Workshop (tentative)

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Planning = Rational Decision Making Process

  • Understand problems and needs

    • Gather facts and data, develop maps, conduct research

  • Define issues, goals, vision, quantify success

    • Conduct research and involvement to understand public, private sector, government perspectives

  • Develop and evaluate alternatives

    • Projects, programs, and strategies

    • To achieve the goals, meet the needs

  • Present recommendations /strategies to decision makers

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Statewide Freight Planning

  • Research and analysis to guide fact based decision making


  • Define issues, goals and direction

    Policy Development

  • Recommendations and strategies

    Programming Projects

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Statewide Freight Planning

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Statewide Freight Planning Considerations - Understanding

  • Multi-modal (modal “agnostic”)

  • Interconnectivity of entire transportation system

  • Public/Private sector perspectives

    • win / win

    • Planning time frames

  • MPO and local perspectives

    • Local improvements/ local cost

    • = regional or state system benefit

  • On-time, reliability issue

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1. Freight Planning

A. Goals / Objectives

  • Gather freight data, prepare conditions and needs analysis to aide in DOT decision making

  • Identify inter-modal approaches to advance freight productivity

  • Educate stakeholders

    “Freight is a Good Neighbor”

    • Freight = our economic health

      • vs. nuisance issues

    • Use public funds for public good

      • vs claim of private sector benefit

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1. Freight Planning (cont.)

B. Measures of Success / Performance Measures

  • Quality of freight analysis in planning documents

  • DOT departments or divisions incorporating freight considerations in their decision making

  • Increase in private sector involvement in planning process

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1. Freight Planning (cont.)

C. Planning Work Activities

  • Solicit and analyze freight data

  • Conduct planning level freight research, analyses

    • all modes

  • Develop statewide freight profile including mapping and projections

    • all modes

  • Provide technical assistance, data, information / understanding

  • Incorporate data into the statewide model

    • or use to validate

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1. Freight Planning (cont.)

C. Planning Work Activities (cont.)

  • Incorporate freight into

    • the statewide, long range plan

    • short range planning activities

  • Quantify and educate DOT staff to understand freight

    • issues, problems and needs w/in state

    • issues on inter-modal corridors and connectors

  • Apply freight cost-benefit analysis on projects

    • (cost benefit analysis from public and private perspectives)

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2. Freight Policy

A. Goals / Objectives

  • Enhance freight knowledge and skills of planners, transportation professionals and leadership

  • Develop an institutional framework for freight planning and operations

  • Encourage stakeholder dialogue

    B. Measures of Success / Performance Measures

  • Increase in # staff @ DOT and MPOs “considering freight issues” in decision making (e.g. design issues)

  • Increase in freight specific criteria as part of project prioritization and transportation strategies

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2. Freight Policy (cont.)

C. Policy Planning Work Activities

  • Training, workshops, seminars

  • Peer to peer exchanges

  • Speaker services

  • Leadership understanding, backing and direction

  • Liaison activities

    • MPO, RR, Water and Air Ports, Trucking Assoc., Highway Patrol, Safety Office/Division, Design staff, Permits, ITS, Multi-state corridors

  • Advisory Councils

  • Establish a single point of contact

    • (now 20-30 states)

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Ex. from Ohio LRP ACCESS OHIOGoal 3 = Efficient, Reliable Traffic Flow

Objectives for 2004-2015:

  • Maintain LOS D on urban & LOS B on rural freeway system

    • thru capacity expansion, geometric improve & low-cost operational improvements

  • Reduce growth in veh. hr.delay from 12 %/yr. to 8%/yr.

  • Target & improve flow @ 342 congest loc.

  • Implement freeway mgnt. in 8 largest urban areas

  • Work w/locals for 90 min-free-flow at incident

  • Invest in Public Transit that adds capacity w/i urban corridors

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Columbus Bottlenecks 1998 Total Value

= $200 Billion

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3. Freight Programming

A. Goals / Objectives

  • Engage the private sector in project development process and project identification

  • Improve the inter-modal transportation system

    B. Measures of Success / Performance Measures

  • Increase in number of DOT and MPO programmed projects that can be identified as having a freight or inter-modal benefit

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3. Freight Programming (cont.)

C. Program Planning Work Activities

  • Identify projects in S/TIP having freight benefit

  • Identify freight projects that may also be CMAQ opportunities

  • Identify private / public financing partnerships for projects and programs

    • Win/win

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(click on ACCESS OHIO - go to Chapter 12)

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Rail grade separation

  • 2000-2010

  • $200 million commitment

  • Statewide, prioritized projects

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TI-475/Secor Rd.


NI-475/US 23












EI-74/I-275/ US-52



Truck Delay (Average Weekday Vehicle-Hours)


= 4,000 hours

= 1,000 hours

*Bars indicate > 100 hours of annual delay

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Statewide Freight Planning: Summary


  • Set goals and conduct activities in:

    • Planning, Policy Development, Programming

  • Inter-modal / Multi-modal

  • Integrated / Partnerships

    • Throughout agency

    • With MPOs and local governments

    • Private and Public