State and Local Policy Database

Freight

As the majority of Americans live in cities, urban areas are major source and destination of freight. Policies and infrastructure for the movement of freight in cities and their metropolitan areas can facilitate improvements in efficiency. Strategies that focus on optimizing the movement of goods, such as shifting to more efficient modes of transport (e.g., rail and barge) and streamlining logistics, are particularly useful for improving the overall efficiency of the freight system.

This sub-category includes information on one topic: The number of efficient intermodal freight facilities (defined as rail- or port-capable facilities) in the local jurisdiction per thousand ton-miles of freight traffic.

There are no intermodal freight facilities within Arlington County’s boundaries. 

Sustainable freight plan

Atlanta does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Atlanta does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017 

Sustainable freight plan

Austin does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Austin employs the Transfix freight application to increase freight efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Baltimore does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Baltimore does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Birmingham does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Birmingham does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Boston does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Boston does not employ an internet-based app or service to coordinate freight transport, however, Boston Transportation Department is exploring this and other potential ways to improve transportation efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

There are no intermodal freight facilities within the city of Boulder’s boundaries. 

Last Updated: October 2015

There are no intermodal transportation facilities within the city of Burlington's borders. 

 

Last Updated: October 2015

There are no intermodal freight facilities within Carrboro’s boundaries.

Last updated: April 2014

Sustainable freight plan

Charlotte does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Charlotte does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

There are no intermodal freight facilities within Charlottesville’s boundaries.

Last updated: October 2015

Chicago supports the CREATE program, which is a public-private partnership between the city, state, and the six class 1 railroads and two switching railroads serving the region: Metra and Amtrak. Project benefits include fewer delays, reduced congestion, cost savings, reduced air pollution and fuel savings. 

Smart freight

Chicago does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Cincinnati does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Cincinnati does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Cleveland does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Cleveland does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Columbus does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Columbus is exploring and demonstrating a smart application to help with logistics efficiency and safety as part of its’ Smart Columbus program.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if Dallas has a sustainable freight transportation plan in place or if the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if Dallas employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Denver does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

Denver does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if Detroit has a sustainable freight transportation plan in place or if the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

We could not confirm if Detroit employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

There are three intermodal freight facilities within the City of Dubuque’s boundaries. Dubuque’s share of regional freight traffic in 2011, normalized by population, is 46,624 ton-miles.  As a result there are 0.902 efficient intermodal facilities per thousand ton-miles of freight traffic, putting the city in the second lowest category for this metric (>0 to 0.499) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: October 2013

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if El Paso has a sustainable freight transportation plan in place or if the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

We could not confirm if El Paso employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Fort Worth does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

Fort Worth does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if Hartford has a sustainable freight transportation plan in place or if the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if Hartford employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Houston does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

Houston is exploring the use of an application to operationalize truck drayage scheduling.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Indianapolis does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

Indianapolis does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Jacksonville does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency

Smart freight

Jacksonville does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Kansas City does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Kansas City does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

There are four intermodal freight facilities within the City of Knoxville’s boundaries.  Knoxville’s share of regional freight traffic in 2011, normalized by population, is 1,047 ton-miles.  As a result there are 0.001 efficient intermodal facilities per thousand ton-miles of freight traffic, putting the city in the second lowest category for this metric (>0 to 0.499) available in the City Scorecard.

Last updated: October 2015

Sustainable freight plan

Las Vegas does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Las Vegas does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

There is one intermodal freight facilities within the City of Lawrence’s boundaries. Lawrence’s share of regional freight traffic in 2011, normalized by population, is 17,886 ton-miles.  As a result there are 0.204 efficient intermodal facilities per thousand ton-miles of freight traffic, putting the city in the second lowest category for this metric (>0 to 0.499) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: October 2013

Sustainable freight plan

Los Angeles started convening a Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee, which is tasked with providing the Port of LA and the Mayor suggestions to improve the sustainability of goods movement at the port.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if Los Angeles employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

The city of Louisville is part of a broader freight to increase freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Louisville does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport

Last updated: January 2017

There are no intermodal freight facilities within the city of Madison’s boundaries. 

Last Updated: October 2015

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if it was completed, but the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MP0), the regional freight network is working on a regional freight plan that will address freight needs and issues in a comprehensive fashion.

Smart freight

Memphis does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if Miami has a sustainable freight transportation plan in place or if the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if Miami employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Milwaukee does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Milwaukee does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Minneapolis has strategies in place to address freight efficiency within the 2009 Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth. Examples of these strategies include off-street loading requirements with new developments, permitting of freight to use on-street parking meters in the am, encouragement of off-hours deliveries, strategic placement of truck loading zones, and prioritization of smaller vehicles for drayage.

Smart freight

Minneapolis does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Nashville does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Nashville does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if New Orleans has a sustainable freight transportation plan in place or if the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if New Orleans employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

New York City employs sustainable freight strategies across a number of City agencies. The Department of Transportation has in place a Hunts Point Truck Replacement Program which provided voucher incentives to replace pre-2007 freight vehicles with newer more efficient trucks to service the region. The city has also reactivated the South Brooklyn Maine Terminal which will connect the City to the national rail network and provide more than 1,000 feet of berthing space for ocean-going vessels. In addition, New York City has a greenhouse gas reduction goal in place for freight transportation and specific strategies for achieving those goals within the NYC Roadmap to 80x50.

Smart freight

New York employs Cargomatic, an internet-based application that increases freight efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

There are 12 intermodal freight facilities within Oakland’s boundaries with rail and/or port capabilities. The total freight traffic in Oakland is 137,427 ton-miles. This normalizes to 8.32 efficient intermodal facilities per thousand ton-miles of freight traffic in the city. As a result, the city is placed in the highest category (2 or more) in the freight metric. 

Updated: February 2016 

Sustainable freight plan

Oklahoma City does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Oklahoma City does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Orlando does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Orlando does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

There are no intermodal freight facilities within Park City’s boundaries. 

Last updated: October 2015

Sustainable freight plan

Philadelphia does not have a sustainable freight plan, but it does have a goal as part of its’ comprehensive plan to modernize freight rail assets to ensure sufficient goods movement to and through the city.

Smart freight

Philadelphia does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Phoenix does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Phoenix does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Pittsburgh does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Pittsburgh does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Portland has a Sustainable Freight Strategy in place that identifies key action related to truck parking and loading zones, street design best practices, last mile solutions, centralized freight distribution districts, off-hours delivery, and electric vehicle delivery and multi-modal freight strategies. Portland also outlines a goal in its’ 2015 Climate Action Plan to “Improve the efficiency of freight movement within and through the Portland metropolitan area” and identifies key action that need to be taken by 2020.

Smart freight

Portland does not currently employ an application or service to help coordinate freight transport.

 

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Providence does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Providence does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Raleigh does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Raleigh does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Richmond does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

The Richmond Marine Terminal uses the NAVIS N4 terminal operating system to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Riverside has sustainable freight objectives and policies in the Circulation and Community Mobility Element of its General Plan 2025 including Objective CCM-12: Facilitate Goods movement as a means of economic expansion, while protecting residents and visitors from the negative effects typically associated with truck operations and rail service.

Smart freight

Riverside does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Sacramento does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Sacramento does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Salt Lake City does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Salt Lake City does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

San Antonio does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

San Antonio does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

San Diego does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

San Diego does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if San Francisco has a sustainable freight transportation plan or any policies in place that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if San Francisco employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

San Jose does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

San Jose does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Seattle has a Freight Mobility Program and is developing a Freight Master Plan to improve freight mobility and safety in the city, in conjunction with department efforts to improve mobility across a range of transportation modal opportunities for moving people and goods. 

Smart freight

Seattle does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if St. Louis has a sustainable freight transportation plan or any policies in place that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if St. Louis employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Tampa does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Tampa does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

Virginia Beach does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place nor does the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

Virginia Beach does not employ an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if Washington D.C. has a sustainable freight transportation plan or any policies in place that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if Washington D.C. employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017