2013 Virginia Multimodal Freight Plan



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2013 Virginia Multimodal Freight Plan

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The Virginia Multimodal Freight Plan is the Commonwealth’s strategy to improve goods movement on its highway, rail, waterborne, and aviation system.  The efficient movement of freight is critically important to the Commonwealth’s economy—to support industries located in Virginia, and to sustain national commerce that moves over its transportation system.  The purpose of the Freight Plan is establish the vision, goals, and priority actions to facilitate goods movement statewide. The Plan accomplishes the following:  

    1. Develops policy standpoints and recommendations for freight which reflect freight stakeholder input from the Virginia Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (VFTAC) and Virginia Freight Transportation Advisory Committee (VFTAC) and the VTrans performance based planning process;


    2. Organizes and supplements information from the Multimodal Freight Study to meet Federal standards for state freight plans introduced in the latest surface transportation bill— Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21);


    3. Provides recommendations for strategies and projects types to achieve the goals of MAP-21; and
    4. Identifies policy initiatives that can be translated into project recommendations at the agency level.

The Freight Plan is part of the Commonwealth’s long-range transportation planning process known as VTrans.  This document not only serves as a key input to VTrans, but also fulfills Federal law which requires states to identify major freight needs within statewide freight plans in order to qualify for enhanced funding for freight projects.  

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