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About the Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT’s) Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term vision for the freight system in Massachusetts. The Plan is multi-modal; including air, rail, truck and maritime transport. It also includes intermodal; transportation by more than one mode, such as trips using truck and rail.

The freight transportation system is affected by four key elements: the economy, industry logistics strategies, infrastructure, and public sector policies and regulations. The Plan builds a cohesive picture of how these elements function today and offers a roadmap as to how policymakers and users of the freight system could make improvements to benefit our customers. The Plan analyzes freight as an economic development driver in the Commonwealth by looking at industries in each Massachusetts region and demonstrating how they are connected through supply chain.

In today’s world of deep uncertainty, planners need to understand how technology, urbanization, globalization, automation, shared mobility, and other emerging trends will impact freight in the Commonwealth. Applying scenario planning principles has enabled MassDOT to develop a robust set of strategies for future freight system investment, management, and operations in the Commonwealth. MassDOT has combined analysis of existing trends and uncertainties and stakeholder input to define a vision, goals, and objectives for the freight system. The Plan identifies short, medium, and long-term strategies to guide future freight policies, investments, and partnerships.

What's New

2017 Draft Massachusetts Freight Plan coming soon!


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Technical Memorandum

Open House Materials

Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) Meeting Materials

2010 Massachusetts State Freight Plan

Project Contact

For all queries and comments related to the Massachusetts Freight Plan, please contact:

Gabriel Sherman
Project Manager
tty: (857) 368-0655

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