Will County Freight Advisory Council Meeting. April 11, 2017

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1 Will County Freight Advisory Council Meeting April 11,

2 Agenda Summary of Last Meeting Plan Progress and Update Performance Measures Break-Out Discussion Projects and Project Evaluation Criteria Initial Program Activities Concepts and Recommendations Workforce Mobility Upcoming Events Next Steps 2

3 Schedule Review and Update 3

4 Project Schedule Update May November Data Collection and Initial Profile Work December Public and Stakeholder Kickoff, Surveys, Goals, Objectives, Performance Measures FAC Meeting January Stakeholder Survey, Workforce Survey February Finish Current State Development, Complete Stakeholder Surveys, Begin Interviews FAC Meeting Freight Forum March Complete and compile interviews, Finish Future State, Initiate Trucker Outreach Workforce Forum April Public Forums, Conclude Truck Driver Interactive Survey, Finish All Draft Chapters and Review FAC Meeting Freight Forum 2 Draft Plan Public Open Houses Freight Forum 4

5 Summary of Last Meeting 5

6 Last Meeting Goals and Objectives Update Scenario Planning Exercise February 9 Freight Forum Preview 6

7 Freight Plan Development 7

8 Freight Data Analysis Completion of more data maps Completion of interviews and surveys Workforce and mobility data analysis On-going Transearch data analysis On-going ATRI data analysis Describing and mapping supply chains 8

9 Truck Congested Hours Number of hours each weekday in which trucks could travel at least 10% faster in free flow conditions. 9

10 Truck Restrictions and Truck Routes 10

11 Posted Structures (Bridges with Weight Constraints) 11

12 Freight Deficiency Score (CMAP) Includes condition, mobility and reliability factors. 12

13 Environmental Justice Area 13

14 Draft Key Themes from Outreach Competitive Advantages Multimodal nature of Will County is one the County s strongest competitive advantages, particularly rail and highway access Multimodal network gives businesses flexibility to choose the most cost effective mode of transport Will County is a center for global trade Containerized goods from Asia terminate in Will County for distribution to the Midwestern market, Agricultural exports fill the backhaul to Asia Various industrial inputs from around the world including cement, fertilizer, and steel arrive by all modes and are processed and distributed from Will County Proximity to large industrial centers and the agricultural lands of the Midwest supports workforce pipeline and freight movement 14

15 Draft Key Outreach Themes Concerns The top concerns are: Safety Traffic congestion Specific bottlenecks Local government policy/regulations Top infrastructure concerns: capacity constraints on the interstate system restricts business growth and operations The bottleneck at I-80 and IL 53 is a major concern for intermodal terminal users and others shipping via truck Interchanges need to be modernized to increase safety Access - Limited access to intermodal yards and congestion within the yards imposes a cost on businesses 15

16 Draft Key Outreach Themes Considerations Logistics outsourcing: outsourcing transportation services, and in some cases warehouse management, to specialists On-time delivery is critical for nearly all companies interviewed and surveyed Companies have adjusted their operations to accommodate lack of reliability in truck travel times and congestion to deliver goods to customers Technology plays a role in many businesses, but most see themselves as continuing to be labor reliant, may not be prepared for technological shift 16

17 Survey Results: Select Findings 60% Which element of regional transportation infrastructure is in the most need of improvement? 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Interstate Highways U.S. and State Highways (e.g. Route 53, Route 30, Route 6) County and Local Roads Other (please specify) 17

18 Survey Results: Select Findings 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% In your opinion, what is the best way to mitigate the negative impacts of freight transportation? (select all that apply) Coordinated transportation and land use planning Increased capacity on highways Reconstruction and resurfacing of existing road network Grade separations at highway rail grade crossings Other (please specify) 18

19 Survey Results: Select Findings What are the biggest challenges you currently face in meeting your company s transportation/ supply chain management needs? (Average Rating) Other Local government policy/regulation Specific Bottlenecks Transportation infrastructure Transportation cost Border issues On-time delivery Safety

20 Survey Results: Select Findings Decline in your industry sector nationally Limited availability of skilled employees 20 What are the three greatest challenges or threats to Will County s economic success? Other (please specify) Access to Water for shipping Access to highways Local workforce availability Access to Airports Access to Rail for shipping Workforce/employee retention Local Utility issues Local transportation issues National Economy 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%

21 Survey Results: Select Findings 60% 50% 40% Is there adequate truck parking available in Will County? Please select the corridors in which additional truck parking is most needed 33.3% 4.8% 85.7% 30% 20% 10% 0% Yes No Don't Know 90.5% 28.6% I-55 I-57 I-80 I-355 Other (please specify) 21

22 Workforce Survey Results Please select the top three workforce issues that negatively affect your business in Will County today Other (please specify) Availability of housing affordable to TDL workforce Transportation services enabling workforce to reach Applicants/employees need better soft skills Ability of existing workforce to adapt to new Limited availability of skilled employees Ability to attract employee in the future Limited availability of qualified, skilled truck drivers Ability to attract and retain workforce 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% 25.0% 30.0% 35.0% 40.0% 45.0% 50.0% 22

23 Workforce Survey Results 23

24 Workforce Data Analysis Private Sector Jobs by Industry in Will County, 2016 All Others, 37% Retail Trade, 14% Manufacturing, 10% Accommodation +Food, 9% Freight-dependent industries represent over 57% of all private sector jobs in Will County totaling over 122,000 jobs 24 Utilities, 1% Construction, 8% Wholesale Trade, 8% Transportation + Warehousing, 8%

25 Workforce Analysis: Projected Growth in Select Transportation and Warehousing Industries in Will County, Description 2016 Jobs 2026 Jobs % Change Long-Distance Freight Trucking % Warehousing and Storage 5,900 9,136 55% Express Delivery Services 646 1,000 55% Inland Water Freight % Port and Harbor Operations % Support Activities for Transportation % Specialized Freight Trucking % Natural Gas Pipeline % Other Warehousing and Storage % Local Freight Trucking 1,568 2,028 29% TOTAL 17,654 23,479 33% 25 Source: EMSI data, 2016

26 Transearch In Progress Top-level directional movements, all modes combined in

27 Transearch In Progress Top-level modal movements, all directions combined in

28 Transearch In Progress Top-level mode x directional movements, 2015 tons 28

29 Transearch Next Steps Detailed Origin-Destination by Mode Breakdown Detailed Commodity by Mode Breakdown Calculation of Economic Impacts Augmentation with Survey and Interview Data (2016/2017) Links with Survey and Interview Data to better describe key supply chains National and Regional Context 29

30 Draft Performance Measures 30

31 How were the performance measures selected? 1. Define desired performance measures based on Will County s Community Friendly Freight Plan vision, goals, and objectives 2. Assess each performance measure by answering the following questions: a. Is the measure meaningful? b. Is the measure useful in assessing progress in achieving the objectives? c. Is the measure simple enough to be understood by the public? d. Is the measure focused on public and private sector needs and demands? e. Is reliable data available to track the measure? f. Is the data cost-effective to collect and report? g. Can the data be compared over a given time period? 3. Select measures that are focused on achieving the Community Freight Friendly Plan objectives. 4. Determine the amount of data/information needed for each measure 5. Define each performance measure by identifying: a. The data source to assess the measure. b. The method used to calculate the measure. c. The reporting period for the measure. 31

32 Draft Performance Measures - Safety Performance Measures Rate of fatalities and injuries involving trucks in Will County Number of collisions at pedestrian, private, and public crossings at-grade rail crossings in Will County Data Sources IDOT safety data Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) 32

33 Draft Performance Measures - Mobility Performance Measures Number of truck congested hours on the roadway network in the CMAP region Number of bottlenecks on the roadway network in the CMAP region Percentage of roadway system mileage providing for reliable Truck Travel Time Reliability (TTTR) Data Source(s) CMAP NPMRDS analysis CMAP NPMRDS analysis CMAP NPMRDS analysis 33

34 Draft Performance Measures Preservation/Enhancement Performance Measures Percentage of NHS roadway in Will County in State of Good Repair Percent of bridges on the Will County Truck Route System in state of good repair Data Source(s) IDOT IRIS data IDOT IRIS Structure data 34

35 Draft Performance Measures - Workforce Performance Measures Number of annual TDL sector meetings that address common workforce issues and solutions Number of TDL sector internships or apprenticeships in Will County Workforce Mobility Data Source(s) TDL sector TDL sector To Be Determined 35

36 Draft Performance Measures Economic Competitiveness Performance Measures Percentage of intermodal connectors in good condition Number of bridges restricted to bridges less than legal weight on truck routes Number of bridges on truck routes that provide sufficient height for truck movment- 13.6" Lane miles of designated truck routes Standardization of Oversize and Overweight Permits 36 Data Source(s) IDOT IRIS data IDOT bridge data IDOT bridge data Getting Around Illinois IDOT data County and Municipal staff

37 Draft Performance Measures - Community Performance Measures Number of Designated Truck Route miles in residential and recreational areas Jobs housing balance Number of comprehensive plans that integrate freight planning and land-use decision-making activities Percent of truck traffic volume traveling on nondesignated Truck Route System Data Source(s) GIS Analysis using CMAP s Land Use Inventory and IDOT truck route data Population and Employment County and city comprehensive plans To Be Determined 37

38 Project Evaluation Criteria Breakout 38

39 Project Evaluation Purpose Prioritization Framework Overview Weighting Breakout Session Map Review Breakout Session Report Back on Breakout Sessions Next Steps 39

40 Project Evaluation Purpose Process to help decision-makers evaluate future freight related investments needed to meet goals and performance measures. Will help with pursuit of future funding. Process will incorporate freight and workforce goals, objectives, performance measures, known and identified projects/programs. Updateable process/tool. 40

41 Project Evaluation 41

42 Goal Areas Safety Provide a safe multimodal transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users. Preservation/Enhancement Preserve and maintain transportation assets and manage their operations using a spectrum of strategies, tools, and technologies. Mobility Provide improved access to local, regional, national, and international trade markets while mitigating the impact to people s quality of life and to the environment. 42

43 Goal Areas Community Goal Coordinate land use and transportation planning with partner agencies and municipalities to retain or improve the character of communities and enhance quality of life through sustainable transportation investments across all forms of travel. Economic Competitiveness Support economic development and competitiveness through the provision of a safe, reliable, and accessible multimodal transportation system to move people and goods. Workforce Development Reach out to the Future Transportation Workforce by coordinating with employers, trade and professional organizations, and the research community. 43

44 Initial Screening Freight-Supportive Projects on the National Highway Freight Network Primary Highway Freight System Other Interstate portions not on the PFHS Critical Rural Freight Corridors and Critical Urban Freight Corridors Projects on Designated Truck Routes Freight-Related Provides access to an industrial park, intermodal terminal, airport or port A frontage road in an industrial area Identified by stakeholders in the Freight Industry Forum 44

45 Initial Filters (1) Improves highway condition Addresses a high congestion location on the freight network Addresses a freight bottleneck Improves truck travel time reliability Reduces number of substandard bridges Addresses a high crash location Separates a highway-rail grade crossing 45

46 Initial Filters (2) Supports an existing freight cluster Improves access to a freight generator Provides access for sensitive populations Reduces impacts of freight movement on residential areas Reduces impacts of freight movement on agricultural and natural areas 46

47 Two Part Break Out Exercise 1) Weighting of Filters/Criteria: Discuss and weight the goals (total of 100 points between them) Discuss and weight filters within each goal (total will equal 100) Use worksheet 2) Review and discuss project map: Are there projects missing? Are there projects you wish to highlight? 47

48 Report Out Prioritization Scores Summarize discussion for your group and the weighted scores you came up with. Team will calculate aggregated weighted scores and report back before the meeting ends. 48

49 Potential Project Map Review - Comments 49

50 Next Steps Use aggregate scores to setup the evaluation process Finish data background layers to allow for scoring Finalize project list Develop tool to help evaluate projects Report back on results Finalize draft of Future State chapter 50

51 Initial Program Activities Concepts/ Recommendations 51

52 Program Concepts (1) Establish Strong Partnerships Coordinate with IDOT on high-priority infrastructure projects Maintain strong representation at CMAP Reach out to state and federal legislators Implement Investment Priorities Use the WCCFFP freight project prioritization tool to regularly evaluate project proposals Increase Air Cargo Capacity Continue to support the development of the SSA Implement upgrades to Lewis Airport Focus on Last Mile Connections Improve East-West Connectivity 52

53 Program Concepts (2) Develop a Transparent Freight Network Install Consistent Truck Route Signage Review and Update Truck Route Network Improve Coordination of Oversize/Overweight Permitting Between Jurisdictions Expand Data Collection Focus on Freight Clusters and Corridors Truck Counts Pavement Condition Coordinate Transportation and Land Use Planning Identify Locations For Truck Parking Promote Sharing of Best Practices for Freight-Supportive Zoning Promote a Balanced Housing Supply Coordinate Pace Bus Services with Industry Shift Schedules Investigate an Intermodal Terminal Autonomous Vehicle Program 53

54 Workforce Mobility 54

55 Workforce Mobility A mobile workforce that can easily access job centers through an interconnected network of private and public roadway systems and transit operations is critical to the success of Will County s economy giving workers choices and opportunity, as well as providing employers the workforce they need to succeed Improving the mobility of the workforce to new and emerging employment centers Minimizing conflict between the journey to work and freight system operations Increasing the efficiency and opportunity for transit and shared travel options Understanding the workers needs for last-mile connections from regional transit nodes to their jobs Expanding the pipeline of workers available to employers 55

56 Inflow/Outflow Counts Trade, Transportation and Utilities Industries 38,916 21,378 55,225 Inflow/Outflow Job Counts Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2014 Count Share Employed in the Will County 60, % Live Outside Will County 38, % Live Inside Will County 21, % Living in Will County 76, % Employed Outside Will County 55, % Employed Inside Will County 21, % Live Outside/ Employed In Will County Live In and Employed In Will County Live Inside/ Employed Outside Will County 56 LEHD 2014 data

57 Workforce Home Location Job Counts in Home Blocks by Distance Only Trade, Transportation, 2014 and Utilities Count Share Total All Jobs 60, % Less than 10 miles 19, % 10 to 24 miles 20, % 25 to 50 miles 12, % Greater than 50 miles 7, % 57

58 Resident Work Location Job by Distance- Home Census Blocks to Work Block Trade, Transportation, 2014 and Utilities Count Share Total All Jobs 76, % Less than 10 miles 21, % 10 to 24 miles 28, % 25 to 50 miles 20, % Greater than 50 miles 6, % 58

59 Workforce Mobility Discussion Questions for FAC members Is transit/transportation an issue for your existing workforce? Do you think that improved access to some type of transit/transportation will be a more significant issue for your workforce in the future? Can you identify any specific transit or transportation improvement that will strengthen your workforce Can you provide an example of a workforce mobility obstacle or success that you have encountered in your business? 59

60 Upcoming Events 60

61 Upcoming Public and Stakeholder Events Global Logistics Summit Presentation & information booth April 25th Trucker Survey Maps placed at 14 companies ongoing Public Survey 8 to 10 questions Begins Late April Freight Forum April 25 th 2-4:30 PM (after Logistics Summit) Workforce Forum May 9th Public Meetings Week of May 8 th /May 16 th will add exact dates if known) 61

62 Next Steps 62

63 Next Steps FREIGHT PLAN Ongoing Trucker Survey Finish Remaining Data Analysis Prioritization Process Freight Forum April 25 Chapter Writing and Refinement Public Engagement - Public Survey Finish Remaining Data Analysis Action Plan Concepts Workforce Forum April XX Chapter Writing and Refinement - Public Forums (Week of May 8 th ) WORKFORCE 63