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Freight Planning

Going the Distance to Foster Economic Growth

variety of freight transport options

The tri-state Region of the Memphis Metropolitan Area is a major transportation and logistics center, which includes the States of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

This region is home to the world's second largest air-cargo airport, five Class I Railroads, 490 trucking terminals, the nation's fourth-largest inland water port, and 11 Interstate and U.S.-designated highways and 10 NHS Intermodal Connectors. The presence of such major freight facilities and investments has resulted in the region emerging as a national distribution hub with almost 160 million square feet of warehouse space and 42,000 acres of industrial parks.

With such a heavy concentration of freight, it comes as no surprise that freight plays a very important role in the region’s economy, with almost 30% of the employment concentrated in the transportation and warehousing sector.

Freight Profiles, Plans, and Programs

Regional Freight Plan 

In the past few years, there have been several freight-related investments that have been made in the Greater Memphis Region. The Memphis MPO Regional Freight Plan, represents an opportunity to address freight needs and issues in a comprehensive fashion and integrate freight planning into the ongoing multimodal transportation planning process.

Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan

For more information on the Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan and to see the full Appendices, please visit the MPO's Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan Webpage.

Freight Profiles

The Memphis Urban Area Freight Profile inventories the cargo of goods moving to and from our region using Freight Analysis Framework data available from the Federal Highway Administration. The information details the major commodities being moved by each mode of transport as well as the top destinations for each mode.

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Freight Stakeholder Survey Report

Two Freight Stakeholder Surveys were conducted in 2014- one targeted private companies in the freight sector and sought to gather feedback on transportation system operations and functionality. The second survey looked at the impact of freight systems on the livability of neighborhoods, and was targeted at community stakeholders and residents. The results of the two surveys were organized into one report found below.

Freight Stakeholder Survey

Memphis Freight Infrastructure Plan

This Memphis Freight Infrastructure Plan was conducted in 2008–09 on behalf of The Greater Memphis Chamber and its members. The goal of this plan was to identify the capabilities and capacities of the region’s current freight infrastructure systems and recommend strategic projects that have the most potential to integrate these systems with emerging global supply-chain requirements.

Memphis Freight Infrastructure Plan 

Freight P2P – Peer to Peer Program

The primary topic of the Peer Exchange was the best practices that can be employed to enhance communication and collaboration between the private sector freight community and the MPO (public sector). This would help in aligning individual goals to bring consistent planning and implementation of freight investments that further economic growth while maintaining a good quality of life in the region.

The exchange shared information among invited peer organizations on achievements, obstacles, and best practices learned on topics including the freight planning process and methods for engaging with stakeholders on freight issues, multi-state government coordination in freight planning and implementation, incorporating freight planning into MPO planning, public-private partnership development, and freight performance measures.

Freight P2P Exchange Report

Freight P2P Exchange Agenda

P2P Presentation – Map-21 Freight Provisions

P2P Presentation – U of M Freight Overview 



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