With a population of more than five million residents, metropolitan Washington consumes and produces a wide variety of goods. These goods are delivered by several modes of transportation including: truck, rail, air, water, and pipeline. Often freight travels by multiple modes on its journey from origin to the consumer. In addition, warehouse and distribution centers supply and support the freight system. Smooth and efficient goods movement is vital to maintaining a strong regional economy. 

The TPB Freight Planning Program components include a Freight Subcommittee, participation in regional and national level freight groups to better understand freight stakeholders perspectives, and freight stakeholder outreach. 

The National Capital Region Freight Plan

In 2010, the TPB approved the region's first Freight Plan. The National Capital Region Freight Plan examined freight movement in the region and to summarize current and forecasted freight conditions.

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    Will changing consumer preferences bring widespread delivery by drone?

    March 21, 2017

    The military uses them. So do aerial photographers and filmmakers. And this year they featured prominently in the Super Bowl halftime show. But will unmanned...

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    ICYMI: July 20 TPB meeting

    July 26, 2016

    At its meeting on July 20, the TPB took action on three items, including approval of an update to the regional Freight Plan and a proclamation of this year’s...

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    Comment by July 9 on the draft regional Freight Plan

    June 21, 2016

    The TPB has developed a draft freight plan for the region and is seeking public comment by July 9. The draft plan aims to highlight the importance of freight in...

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    TPB Briefed on Regional Freight Projects

    September 18, 2013

    Freight traffic is forecast to increase by 66 percent, about 400 million tons and 151% in value. Over the next 30 years trucks will account for about 90 percent...

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    TLC Program Helps Connect Transportation and Land-Use at the Local Level

    July 10, 2012

    Imagine the consequences of unexpectedly getting your bicycle wheel stuck in a new streetcar track. Or try to picture just how much water runs off into nearby...

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    The Morning Measure: Freight Transportation Gets the Attention it Deserves

    April 18, 2011

    Metropolitan Washington like any major metro area depends upon the continuous and efficient movement of goods. Our grocery stores offices schools and hospitals...

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