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Freight

Did you know?

Over $27 billion of freight moved within and through Ada and Canyon Counties in 2016. That’s a lot of “stuff”!

While the role of “transportation” is to move both people and goods, in the past, most transportation planning efforts in the Treasure Valley have focused on the movement of people.

 

COMPASS is changing that. Being able to safely and efficiently move goods – freight – through the valley allows the region to support everything from home deliveries to global connections.

 

But, where to start? To build a foundation for freight planning, COMPASS began by gathering information about freight users, needs, issues, and more.

What did COMPASS study? What did we learn?

 

Hover over the flip boxes below to see what we studied and what we learned.

Information is great, but now what?

 

What we know:

  • Freight in the Treasure Valley isn’t limited to trucks – air, pipelines, and rail also play key roles in freight transport
  • Freight is big business – over $27 billion of freight moved within and through Ada and Canyon Counties in 2016 alone
  • Freight isn’t all about manufacturing – agricultural products (raw and processed combined) comprise about 25% of the value and 42% of the weight of freight shipped through the region
  • Freight impacts land use, and vice versa – successful planning should consider both

 

How freight has been incorporated into planning:

  • Based on freight data and input from stakeholders, several roadways in Ada and Canyon Counties have been designed as “critical urban freight corridors,” making them eligible for federal freight funding
  • Information on freight corridors was used to help prioritize unfunded transportation needs

 

What’s next:

  • COMPASS will continue to integrate freight into its planning and examine how decisions regarding any mode of transportation will affect other modes, including freight, for example…
    • Improvements that address safety and congestion will improve travel for freight traffic as well as passenger vehicles
    • Changes to how we move freight can impact how we move people. For example, more freight on rail may make developing a rails with trails pathway more challenging; on the other hand, this could decrease truck traffic on roadways to make those routes safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
The ability to efficiently and safety move freight impacts our economy and so much more.