The first-of-its-kind, the North Carolina Multimodal Statewide Freight Plan – commonly referred to as the Statewide Freight Plan – is timely, as the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) promises to provide significant and stable funding for freight investments identified in statewide freight plans.
By describing the underlying industry drivers of goods movement in the state and assessing how different supply chains have an impact on the condition and performance of the system, the Statewide Freight Plan will identify transportation and logistics investments that can lead to statewide economic growth.
The N.C. Department of Transportation wants an effective, actionable Statewide Freight Plan that:
- Sets specific multimodal transportation goals, strategies and actions that will contribute to increased North Carolina jobs, improved economic competitiveness and enhanced quality of life
- Provides clear, compelling freight-specific recommendations that support the 25-year vision, strategic corridors and addresses the criteria in the Strategic Transportation Investments prioritization process
- Offers strategies for helping elected officials, taxpayers and voters, and the general public better understand the value of freight transportation investments and their economic benefits
- Meets FAST Act requirements and ensures that North Carolina can utilize its National Freight Program funds, which require states to develop comprehensive state freight plans and encourages them to establish state freight advisory committees.