"The Regional Freight Plan"
Fall 2009 www.oregonmetro.gov The Regional Freight Plan The Regional Freight Plan identifies policies and actions that support a balanced multi- Trade-dependent state modal transportation system and a sustainable economies and prosperous future. It addresses the needs Oregon is ninth and Washington is first in of freight through-traffic as well as regional movements and access to employment, the United States*. industrial and commercial districts in the region. The plan was developed with Exports 2007 Oregon state exports totaled considerable help from a 33-member Regional $16.5 billion; 2007 Portland/Vancouver Freight and Goods Movement Task Force and regional exports totaled $15.8 billion. a technical advisory committee as part of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan update. Businesses Oregon companies depend on Portland’s marine, rail, air and road facilities How does efficient freight for access to resources and markets: onions, transportation result in good jobs? apples, hazelnuts, grass seed, seafood, wood The Portland-Vancouver region’s human, products, Les Schwab, Fred Meyer, Intel, natural and built resources create a globally competitive hub for commerce. The region’s Nike, Columbia Sportswear, etc. prosperity is directly tied to investments Jobs One of five statewide jobs relies on that create high-quality jobs and provide multi-modal transportation options to an effective transportation network for help businesses efficiently reach global and operations. In 2008, 1,480 direct jobs domestic marketplaces. and $530 million in direct income were tied to marine and air terminals at Port of Inside our region, throughways and arterial Portland. Sharing the same regional and streets distribute freight moved by truck to national transportation network, the Port air, marine and pipeline terminal facilities, rail yards, industrial areas and commercial centers. of Vancouver generated nearly 2,300 direct Rail branch lines connect industrial areas, marine and industrial jobs in 2005. marine terminals and pipeline terminals to rail yards. Pipelines transport petroleum products Local revenue $182 million in local/state to and from terminal facilities. taxes are generated by the Port of Portland (2008). Improving transportation capacity, efficiency, flexibility and travel time reliability boosts Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce Industry Trade local business productivity and our region’s Data and Analysis; EDRG White Paper (2008); Port of ability to attract and retain businesses Portland (2009); Port of Vancouver (2009); Martin & and family-wage jobs. This is particularly Associates (2006, 2009). important as our region works to rebound from challenging economic times. * Trade-dependency rankings are based on value of state exports as a percentage of gross state product. Metro How can we invest now to boost the People places. Open spaces. triple bottom line of economy, equity The task force identified six issue Clean air and clean water do and the environment? areas to be addressed through the not stop at city limits or county With nearly 1.2 million more people1 expected Regional Freight Plan: lines. Neither does the need for jobs, a thriving economy and in the Portland metro region by 2035, family wage job retention and creation is essential. Congestion and hotspots Chronic road and rail good transportation choices for people and businesses in our If the region is to fairly share expanded network bottlenecks that impede regional freight/ region. Voters have asked Metro goods movement. to help with the challenges that economic opportunities across the region and cross those lines and affect the maintain the economic engine that sustains Reliability Unpredictable travel time due to 25 cities and three counties in community and environmental health, it crashes, construction, special events and weather. the Portland metropolitan area. must keep the traded sector competitive. To A regional approach simply maximize the return on public investment, Capacity constraints Due to physical and makes sense when it comes to freight-oriented preservation, management operational issues as well as lack of capacity in protecting open space, caring for parks, planning for the and investment priorities should focus on: critical corridors. best use of land, managing garbage disposal and increasing • Carefully evaluating when, where and why Network barriers Safety concerns and out recycling. Metro oversees freight problems occur. of direction travel resulting from weight limited world-class facilities such as the bridges, low bridge clearances, steep grades, at- Oregon Zoo, which contributes • Addressing highway bottlenecks to improve grade rail crossings and poorly designed turns or to conservation and education, truck mobility in and through the region, and the Oregon Convention intersections. Center, which benefits the such as I-5/Columbia River Crossing area, region’s economy. the I-5/I-405 Portland central city loop and Land use System capacity and land for industrial connections to US 26 and I-84, and the I-5 uses that is being lost to other activities. Metro Council corridor south to Wilsonville. President Impacts Managing adverse impacts including David Bragdon • Improving and protecting interchanges diesel emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, water that provide access to major industrial quality, noise and land use conflicts. Rod Park areas, particularly I-5/Marine Drive and District 1 I-5/Columbia Blvd serving the Columbia Carlotta Collette Corridor and Rivergate industrial areas, District 2 I-205/OR 212/OR 224 serving the Carl Hosticka Clackamas and Milwaukie industrial areas, volumes at the region’s ports and intermodal District 3 and I-205/Airport Way providing primary facilities increase and demand for passenger access to Portland International Airport and rail service grows. Kathryn Harrington District 4 east Columbia Corridor industrial areas. • Pursuing clean, green and smart Rex Burkholder • Improving arterial connections to current technologies and practices. District 5 and emerging industrial areas such as the Columbia/Cascade River District, Robert Liberty District 6 Clackamas industrial area and Tualatin 1 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (January 2008, Chapter 2, industrial area. Examples include Sunrise Tables 2.2). Population forecasts of 58 percent increase from Metro Council Project phased improvements recommended 2005 levels include Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington 503-797-1700 by the Sunrise Project Policy Committee and counties in Oregon, and Clark County in southwest Washington. firstname.lastname@example.org last mile local industry connectors, such as the I-84/257th Avenue Troutdale interchange Auditor and SW 124th from Tualatin-Sherwood Suzanne Flynn Road to the I-5/North Stafford interchange. • Developing a regional routing strategy for For more information: ensuring safe transport of hazardous loads. www.oregonmetro.gov/rtp • Addressing critical marine and freight rail transportation needs such as completing the Columbia River channel deepening and upgrading main line and rail yard infrastructure. Freight rail is currently at or near capacity with little room to handle more traffic without additional investment. 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