Goal to identify strategic projects that can make significant improvements to the freight system.
For more information, contact Administrator of Freight and Waterways Cheryl Ball, 573.526.5578, or Bob Brendel and DeAnne Rickabaugh in MoDOT's Customer Relations division, 573.751.2840.
January 27, 2014 - For immediate release
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched the Missouri Freight Plan, the next step in a process begun in 2013 to develop the state's long-range transportation plan. Statewide freight forums, designed to obtain significant input into the plan from freight stakeholders, will be held beginning Wed., Jan. 29 and continuing through Feb. 7.
Freight moved by trucks, barges, planes and trains is an essential part of the state's economy. In 2012, for example, Missouri exported $13.9 billion in freight. In developing the Freight Plan, MoDOT will work with freight partners to help itself - and the state as a whole - better understand the cost to the Missouri economy if the state's freight network stagnates or deteriorates.
"Freight stakeholders in Missouri know better than we do what they need to make their businesses competitive," said MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. "We want to hear their thoughts, whether they're for improvement projects, policy changes or other ideas."
The Freight Plan will describe Missouri's existing freight transportation system and provide MoDOT with the ability to articulate what freight projects would be most helpful to the state should additional funds be made available in the future.
"Of course, that takes resources that we don't have right now," Hassinger said, "but if we don't take this deeper look into the situation, we'll never know what our best options are for the time when we can make these important investments."
The plan follows up on information gained during the first phase of developing a long-range transportation plan. In 2013, MoDOT had conversations throughout the state in which it learned that Missourians want a safe, reliable and economically prosperous transportation system.
The effort to develop the Freight Plan will involve a series of stakeholder interviews, freight forums and business forums, each aimed at reaching key audiences involved in Missouri's freight system. Freight and industry stakeholders - such as logistics directors, shipping managers and economic development professionals - are invited to the freight forums to discuss issues, needs, concerns and opportunities in the state.
MoDOT anticipates the draft freight plan to be prepared for review by June 2014, with a final report in September 2014.
Freight Forum Schedule
To participate, freight and industry stakeholders - such as logistics directors, shipping managers and economic development professionals - should RSVP to Chelsey Smith at 816-627-4768 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosted by Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
428 E Capitol Ave, Jefferson City
Wednesday, January 29
St. Joseph Metro Chamber
3003 Frederick Ave, St. Joseph
Thursday, January 30
Kansas City District
Hosted by Greater Kansas City
Chamber of Commerce
Union Station, Chamber Board Room
30 West Pershing, Kansas City
Friday, January 31
Hosted by Hannibal-LaGrange University
Partee Center, Page Dining Room
2800 Palmyra Rd, Hannibal
Tuesday, February 4
Southeast Missouri State University
River Campus, Glenn Convocation Center
518 S Fountain St, Cape Girardeau
Wednesday, February 5
St. Louis District
MoDOT Transportation Management Center
14301 South Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield
Thursday, February 6
Hosted by Springfield-Branson National Airport
2300 N Airport Blvd, Springfield
Friday, February 7