ARC would like to invite truck drivers, warehouse workers, logistics business leaders, members of the public sector, and others who are interested to participate in an important survey about your experience with goods movement in the Atlanta Region. The survey will take 5-10 minutes, and please click through to the end of the survey as the most important component comes last: you will have the opportunity to use an interactive map to place markers on particular areas of issue or opportunity throughout the 20-county Atlanta region. Making these markers on the map is crucial for our plan as it allows us to pinpoint specific areas of concern for future planning and improvement. The survey is open through October 28, 2023. Take the Survey
The Atlanta region is growing. According to the ARC 21-County Dashboard, Metro Atlanta’s population will increase to 8.63 million people (a 38% increase) with the number of jobs also increasing to 3.87 million (a 24% increase) by the year 2050 (ARC 21-County Dashboard, 2022 update). As the Atlanta region experiences massive growth over the next 25 years, so will the demand for freight. With this in mind, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is proactively embarking on the 2024 Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan to manage the freight movement across the region and ensure efficient investments in freight transportation infrastructure.
Traffic is increasing on the nation’s roadways, railways, ports, and waterways because of growing freight demand. Today, new industrial development, e-commerce growth, and continued supply chain disruptions influence the performance of the region’s transportation network and potential economic gains from the logistics industry. Due to these issues, it is even more important that freight considerations are proactively integrated into policy and infrastructure to ensure safe, reliable, and sustainable freight movement across our intermodal system.
Enhancements to freight transportation systems serve to maintain and improve competitiveness and economic growth in the region. ARC has been strategically focused on freight issues for the last two decades. In that time, ARC has overseen the award-winning 2008 Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan, the 2010 Atlanta Strategic Truck Route Master Plan, the 2016 Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan Update, and the 2018 Atlanta Regional Truck Parking Assessment Study. In 2019, ARC began working with local partners on Freight Cluster Plans in areas with significant industrial development. Continuing this strategic focus on freight, ARC is now working to deliver the 2024 Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan.
The primary purpose of the 2024 Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan is to:
- Assess the current plan against the latest understanding of existing freight conditions and latest federal, state, and regional policies
- Support the development of an Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) compliant Metropolitan Transportation Plan as it relates to any applicable freight provisions
- Identify projects of national, state, and regional significance
Draft Plan Goals
- Safety: Improve the safety and security of the regional freight system and its users
- Operations: Enhance the operations of the freight network
- Economy: Acknowledge and support key industries and their positive impact on the regional economy
- Sustainability and Resiliency: Create a more sustainable and resilient network that incorporates innovative tools and technologies
- Quality of Life: Leverage freight to enhance the quality of life for all people in the metro Atlanta region
- Integrated Planning: Ensure the consideration of freight in broader transportation and land use planning processes
The study is anticipated to take approximately 24 months, concluding in fall of 2024. See below for a snapshot of scheduled plan activities:
Image Caption: Study Activities: Stakeholder Engagement (September 2022 – October 2024); Economic Development Analysis (October 2022 – August 2023); Goals and Objectives (January 2023 – August 2023); Design Guide and Truck Parking Ordinance (February 2024 – June 2024); County and Regional Data Summary (March 2024 – July 2024); Plan Recommendations and Final Plan (January 2024 – October 2024)
This section will be updated as the plan’s documents are finalized.
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