FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2021
Contact: MDOT Public Affairs
Erin Henson, 410-865-1025
Jim Joyner, 410-865-1030
Plan Helps Set Goals, Priorities for Future of Freight Movement in Maryland: Feedback Sought Through Online Survey, Email Comments
HANOVER, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is updating the Maryland State Freight Plan and is seeking input from the public and freight stakeholders to help set goals and priorities for the efficient, safe and sustainable movement of goods across the state.
The purpose of the Maryland State Freight Plan is to examine existing and projected freight and supply chain conditions in the state and identify policy positions, strategies and projects that can improve freight movement efficiency and safety. The plan is updated every five years. The most recent plan was published in 2017 and can be found HERE.
A safe and reliable freight system is critical to Maryland's supply chain, and can lead to lower costs for goods that consumers and companies need to support a high quality of life and successful economy. Ensuring Maryland's network of highways, railways, waterways, airports and port are prepared to handle current levels of freight movement –as well as anticipated growth – is a priority of MDOT.
As part of the plan update, MDOT has launched an online survey, at metroquestsurvey.com/ow82j, that solicits public input on freight priorities and issues in Maryland. Survey results will help MDOT prioritize goals and objectives as the plan is updated. The survey is available through May 14, 2021, and can also be accessed from the Maryland State Freight Plan website. In addition to the survey, feedback can be provided by email at MDStateFreightPlan@mdot.maryland.gov.
After gathering feedback from the public and stakeholders, MDOT will update the plan's draft vision, goals, objectives and strategies. A revised draft will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration in spring 2022, with approval expected late 2022. More details, including an overview of the freight plan and its draft vision, goals and objectives, is available on the website.
The update of the freight plan will take into consideration other MDOT planning efforts including the Maryland Statewide Truck Parking Study the ongoing update of the Maryland State Rail Plan and MDOT's first-ever Statewide Transit Plan, which will provide a 50-year vision of all modes of coordinated local, regional and intercity transit across the state.