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1 TEXAS FREIGHT MOBILITY PLAN: PRIORITIZING FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENTS ITTS 2015 Conference March 18, 2015 Biloxi, MS March 18, 2015 Goals and Objectives Feb. 20, 2014

2 Texas Freight Mobility Plan First Comprehensive and Multimodal Statewide Freight Mobility Plan Outline the State s Immediate and Longterm Plan For Freight Investments and Freight Planning Activities Identify Freight Transportation Facilities Critical to the State s Economic Growth Enhance Economic Growth and Economic Competitiveness of the State and Nation Help Guide Investments and other Policies 2

3 Texas Freight Mobility Plan Development Process Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

4 Identification of Freight Movement Challenges and Gaps Current Plans and Initiatives Current and Future Network Conditions and Performance Current/Forecast Freight Activity and Volume Stakeholder Engagement Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

5 Freight Plan Stakeholder Outreach Summary Over 550 Participated Over 1600 Comments received Over 300 Participated in the Freight Summit Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

6 Texas Freight Network Outlines the freight-centric transportation facilities that facilitates efficient movement of goods and emphasize strategic freight corridors. Identifies key assets that move the bulk of goods in Texas Comprised of: Primary Freight Highway Network: Nearly 6,400 miles of highways and is projected to carry more than 10 million tons by Secondary Freight Highway Network/Emerging Freight Corridors: Over 13,400 The Texas Rail Network, which is comprised of 4,600 miles of Class 1 railroads, and 2,400 miles of Shortlines. The Pipeline Network 426,000 miles of pipelines. The Texas portion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway 379 miles in length. Focuses the Freight Plan and guide future freight transportation investments for safe, efficient and reliable goods movement. 6

7 Development of the Texas Freight Network Texas Rail & Highway System Texas Trunk Network Texas Freight Gateways/Generators Texas Freight Network 7

8 Defining the Texas Highway Freight Network Texas Trunk Highways Border Crossing Continuity High Truck Volumes Freight Generator Connectivity Intermodal Connectors Priority Airport Connectivity State Highways Designated Truck Routes US Highways Oversize, HazMat, Energy Interstates Others Priority Highways

9 Defining the Texas Rail Freight Network Border Crossings Freight Volume Other Railroads Bottlenecks Class I Railroads Priority Railroads Others Railroads

10 Texas Freight Network Cornerstone of the Texas Freight Mobility Plan Defines an allmode Network: Transportation corridors Key freight generators and gateways Links modal networks and key freight nodes Design and maintain the Network for current and future freight needs 10

11 Texas Freight Mobility Plan Recommendations Framework Recommendations Framework 10 Freight Transportation Challenges 3 Recommendation Categories 1. System Capacity 2. System Operations 3. Safety/Security 4. Intermodal 5. Rural Connectivity 6. NAFTA and Border Challenges 7. Public and Private Sector Coordination 8. Education/Public Awareness 9. Funding/Financing 10. Energy/Environment Programs Policies Projects 11

12 Development of Recommendations: Rail and Air Project Identification: Rail Stakeholder Input Legislative Appropriations Request: FY 2016 and 2017 Texas Rail Plan and other Plans Discussions with Railroads and TxDOT Rail Division Industry reports Project Identification: Air Stakeholder Input Texas Aviation System Plan and other Plans Analysis of key airport connectors Industry reports Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

13 Development of Recommendations: Maritime Project Identification: Maritime Stakeholder Input Legislative Appropriations Request: FY 2016 and 2017 Texas Port Report Texas Ports Capital Program Texas Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Master Plan and Technical Report Discussion with Ports and TxDOT Maritime Division Industry reports and other plans Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

14 Development of Recommendations: Border/Ports-of-Entry Project Identification: Border/Ports-of-Entry Stakeholder Input Texas Border Master Plans including: El Paso/Santa Teresa- Chihuahua Regional Border Master Plan Lower Rio Grande Valley- Tamaulipas Border Master Plan Laredo District Coahuila/Nuevo Leon/Tamaulipas Border Master Plan Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

15 Development of Recommendations: Highway Potential highway needs identified by evaluating the conditions and performance of the Texas Highway Freight Network based on the goals of the Freight Plan. Safety Improve multimodal transportation safety. Asset Management Maintain and preserve infrastructure assets using cost-beneficial treatment. Mobility and Connectivity Reduce congestion and improve system efficiency and performance. Provide transportation choices and improve system connectivity for all passenger and freight modes. Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

16 Development of Recommendations: Highway Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

17 Development of Recommendations: Highway Safety Improve multimodal transportation safety. Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

18 Development of Recommendations: Highway Asset Management Maintain and preserve infrastructure assets using cost-beneficial treatment. Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

19 Development of Recommendations: Highway Mobility and Connectivity Reduce congestion and improve system efficiency and performance. Provide transportation choices and improve system connectivity for all passenger and freight modes. Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

20 Development of Recommendations: Highway Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

21 Development of Recommendations: Highway-Planned Projects Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

22 Development of Recommendations: Highway Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

23 Development of Recommendations: Highway Unmet Needs Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

24 Development of Recommendations: Highway Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

25 Development of Recommendations: Highway Strategic Projects Existing planned projects identified focused on addressing passenger movement and congestion Strategic freight projects focus on addressing freight mobility needs in the long-term Identifies key freight corridors that need to be developed Focuses on maintaining Texas economic competitiveness Identified by freight stakeholders throughout the state, local MPOs and TxDOT districts Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

26 Development of Recommendations: Highway Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

27 Development of Texas Freight Mobility Plan Recommendations Project Implementation: Highway Overall project need Project readiness TxDOT s ability to advance the project within the proposed timeline Input from TxDOT districts and divisions, MPOs and other stakeholders Short (0-5) Medium (6-15) Long (16-30) Illustrative ITS Bridges < 14 Bridges < 16 6 crossing Interstates Identified funding Portions of funding identified in UTP Any funding identified in SPA Bridges < 18 crossing Interstates Remaining SPA PLAN projects Remaining bridges <18 crossing Interstates Remaining projects Texas Freight Mobility Plan March 18,

28 Caroline Mays, AICP Manager, Freight Planning Branch (O) (C) Goals and Objectives Feb. 20, 2014

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