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January 21, 2022The Latest on VTrans Freight Element

Virginia has identified Truck Bottlenecks as well as other freight issues as part of Virginia's integrated Freight Plan. Please utilize InteractVTrans MapExplorer to download the layer.

Freight Element

The VTrans Freight Element focuses on the movement of goods within and through the Commonwealth of Virginia.


The VTrans Freight Element is a component of VTrans and serves as the Commonwealth’s state freight plan in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 70202 FAST Act State Freight Plans. In addition to meeting federal requirements, the VTrans Freight Element serves the following purposes:

  • Designation of critical urban and rural freight corridors under the National Highway Freight Program (23 U.S.C. § 167)
  • Identification of transportation needs that may directly or indirectly impact the flow of freight within and through the Commonwealth
  • Development of a Freight Investment Plan listing the freight-beneficial projects supported by National Highway Freight Program (NHFP) funds
  • Identification of policy recommendations to inform the VTrans Long-Term Needs and VTrans Strategic Actions
  • Increase awareness of the identified needs so that they can be better reflected or considered as part of metropolitan planning processes
  • Provide basis for future modifications to the Policy for the Identification and Prioritization of the VTrans Mid-Term Needs

Corridor Designations and Freight Performance Measures

Freight issues identified in VTrans, as well as the designated critical urban and rural corridors, can be viewed using the map widget below. Please utilize InteractVTrans Map Explorer to print, download, or comment. Statistics associated with freight performance measures can be found on InteractVTrans Data Explorer, an interactive visualization application.

To query, print, download, or comment, visit InteractVTrans Map Explorer. For interactive infographics, visit InteractVTrans Data Explorer

Commodity Movement

Below you will see options for viewing commodity flows (freight movement) to and from areas in Virginia. The map displays origins and destinations for freight by overall tonnage for the Commonwealth as a whole, as well as for the nine individual VDOT Construction Districts. Click on the filter to see the area you are interested in.

The word cloud graphics show the types of freight that are included in the data shown in the commodity flows (freight origin and destination) map tool. The word clouds depict the relative amounts of different commodity types, with larger words depicting higher tonnage and smaller words depicting less tonnage.

The geographic scale at which data is presented. The raw data is organized by city and county, and it has been processed to aggregate commodity flows at other scales. This filter will summarize the data using the boundaries of construction districts, Planning District Commissions (PDC), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), or the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.
A subset of the geographic scale at which data is presented. This filter selects the specific construction district, PDC, or MPO for which data will be summarized.
The way commodity flows are measured. Commodity flows can be measured by the weight of goods or the value of goods. Tonnage will display weight, Value will display monetary value in constant 2017 U.S. dollars, Tonnage Growth will display the projected change in weight over time (as a percent increase or decrease from 2017), and Value Growth will display the project change in value over time (as a percent increase or decrease from 2017).
The direction of goods movement. Inbound represents commodities being brought into Virginia (“Imports”). Outbound represents commodities originating in Virginia that are being transported elsewhere (“Exports”).
The year for which data will be presented. Three years of annual data are available including the baseline year of 2017 and projections for 2030 and 2045. For the Tonnage Growth and Value Growth metrics, projected growth between 2017 and 2030 and between 2017 and 2045 is available for display.
The transportation vehicle by which commodities are moved. Commodities travel using multiple modes. Filter to review commodities that traveled to or from Virginia by air-only, truck-only, rail-only, water-only.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for more answers to specific questions about VTrans Freight Element? Find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page here: