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 will be multi-modal; including air, rail, truck and maritime transport. It will also include 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 will build a cohesive picture of how these elements function today and offer a roadmap as to how policymakers and users of the freight system could make improvements to benefit our customers. The Plan will analyze 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 chains.
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 will enable MassDOT to develop a robust set of strategies for future freight system investment, management, and operations in the Commonwealth. MassDOT will combine analysis of existing trends and uncertainties and stakeholder input to define a vision, goals, and objectives for the freight system. The Plan will identify short, medium, and long-term strategies to guide future freight policies, investments, and partnerships.
MassDOT is currently in the process of putting together a Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) to discuss key issues relating to the plan. The first public workshop on this project will occur this winter.
MassDOT will provide opportunities to learn more about the project and how to be involved. To stay informed of the latest project information and be informed about upcoming meetings, please sign up for email updates.
For all queries and comments related to the Massachusetts Freight Plan, please contact:
tty: (857) 368-0655