On November 13, 2015 over seventy individuals representing the public and private sectors attended the Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan’s Peer Exchange.  This was an opportunity to learn from the Greater Cincinnati and South Florida regions who are implementing freight planning as an economic development and global competitiveness tool.

Peer Exchange Purpose:

Every day, millions of trucks, trains, airplanes, ships and barges move over our local roads, highways, interstates, railroads, and through our waterways and air transporting millions of tons of raw materials and finished products. These materials and products provide the quality of life that we all enjoy and are the reason that the U.S. is a main driver of the world’s economy. The efficient, reliable and safe movement of freight is necessary for domestic and global businesses.

The Greater Charlotte Region is ahead of projections that indicate a 50 percent population increase in two decades and a doubling of population in four decades. This growth is coming at a time when federal and state financial resources are severely limited relative to need.

Embracing this challenge provides a significant and unique opportunity.  We have the opportunity to learn from other regions on how best to partner with business and industry leaders to design the infrastructure and systems required to support and sustain both economic and population growth.

Our goal is to coordinate the design of systems needed to support growing jobs and the economy, controlling cost of government and improving quality of life. Our region’s growth strategy has been designed with the DNA of economic growth.

The Planes, Trains, & Semis Peer Exchange is an effort of Centralina Council of Governments and supported by the Federal Highway Administration’s Regional Models of Cooperation, an initiative of the Every Day Counts (EDC), which promotes innovative collaborative processes that bring together many entities working on common goals across jurisdictional boundaries. The Peer Exchange supports the Greater Charlotte regional freight mobility planning effort which seeks to involve the numerous transportation planning organizations, state and local governments, and private sector stakeholders in the Greater Charlotte area in a collaborative effort to develop a regional freight plan.



Regional Models of Cooperation – John Sullivan, Federal Highway Administration NC Division.   FHWA-John Sullivan presentation

NC State Freight Plan – Derry Schmidt, NC DOT. NCDOT-Derry Schmidt Presentation

SC State Freight Plan – Doug Frate, SC DOT. SCDOT-Doug Frate Presentation

Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan – Pat Anater, CDM Smith. CharlotteFreightPlan-Pat Anater Presentation

Freight Planning Cooperation in the Greater Cincinnati Region – Robyn Bancroft, OKI MPO. OKI-Robyn Bancroft Presentation

Freight Planning Cooperation in the South Florida Region – Greg Stuart, Broward MPO. BrowardMPO-Greg Stuart presentation

Freight Mobility Questionnaire Results

Issues & Challenges Affecting Freight Movement in Charlotte Region for the next 5 to 10 Years

  • Road Congestion
  • Access to Infrastructure
  • Political & Organization Cooperation
  • Road & Rail Capacity
  • Government Regulations & Land Use
  • Freight Corridor Planning
  • Funding
  • Infrastructure Deterioration
  • Truck Parking & Driver Availability
  • Changing Economy
  • Population Growth
  • Fuel Costs
  • Air Quality

Greatest Strengths of the Region's Current Freight System

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Rail Access & Capacity
  • Inter-modal Facilities
  • Access to Interstates
  • Variety of Accessible Modes
  • Region's Geographic Location
  • Business Base
  • Access to Ports
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Regional System of Transportation Modes
  • Regional Vision for Freight Transportation
  • Logistics Hub
  • Access to other Markets
  • Available Capacity in System