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Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan

I-40 traffic in Memphis

Plan Overview

The Regional Freight Plan seeks to identify balance across modes to move freight effectively, in, out and through the region in a manner to meet the near and long term needs of the region’s industries and stakeholders. The planning efforts included a public survey, survey of current truck drivers, and numerous meetings with stakeholders from the public and private sectors within the region to gather feedback on the region’s freight movement, operations and transportation infrastructure. Key plan components include:

  • Detailed analysis of 8 Freight Areas in the Greater Memphis Region made up of 35 Freight Zones: intermodal accessibility, employment statistics and worker access, open real estate, etc;
  • Inventory of regional freight assets across every mode and potential bottlenecks and improvements; and
  • Assessment of national freight context: trade patterns with US megaregions and peer cities by mode, developing technologies, and federal policy.

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Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan - Handout

Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan

Appendix 1 Freight Trade Tables

Appendix 2 NHFN in the Memphis MPO Area

Appendix 3 Regional Industrial Area Descriptions

Appendix 4 Listing of Projects

Appendix 5 Freight Funding Programs

Appendix 6 Outreach Survey

Appendix 7 Public Comments

Resumen Ejecutivo - Plan de Carga del Area de Memphis

MPO Freight Area Update

The MPO staff updated the 2014 Workforce Data of the 8 Freight Areas in the Greater Memphis Regional Freight Plan, highlighting Educational Attainment and Employment. 2017 Census data was used in the update of the Freight Areas.

MPO Freight Area Workforce Update (2014 – 2017) – Key Observations  (For deails click here)
  • The Mississippi and River freight areas has the highest level of educational attainment within the region. (Fig. 1)
  • West Memphis Interstate freight area educational attainment increased showing a great increase in some college attendance and an increase in Associate Degree holders. (Fig. 4 & 5)
  • The Central freight area educational attainment decreased showing a decline in High School Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree holders. (Fig. 1,3 & 6)
  • Top three freight areas in terms of employment growth are Mississippi, River and Airport Lamar. (Fig. 7)
  • Among the eight freight areas, West Memphis Interstate & West Memphis River shows growth, both in terms of people in labor force and who are employed. (Fig. 7)
  • Similar to Memphis MSA, the top three categories of occupation in MPO Freight Areas are Management, Sales & Office and Production & Transportation. (Fig. 8)
  • Top three industry where people work are Educational & Health Care, Transportation & Warehousing and Retail, which shows growth similar/comparable to Memphis MSA. (Fig. 9)
  • Private wage & salaried worker shows consistent growth both in MPO Freight Areas and MSA. (Fig. 11)
  • Most of the people in MPO Freight Area and MSA earn between $25,000 to $75,000 range. The Median Household Income has consistently increased for the region. (Fig. 12)
  • Drove alone to work is the preferred mode for commuting to work, as consistent with the Memphis MSA. Public Transit use declined in the MSA. (Fig. 13)



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