Freight / Rail


The Texas Freight Mobility Plan 2018 allows the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to enhance and expand on the 2016 Freight Plan, ensuring a comprehensive approach for facilitating the efficient and safe movement of people and freight while meeting new federal requirements, discussed later in this chapter. The 2018 Freight Plan reaffirms and enhances the framework for Texas’ comprehensive freight planning program and decision-making by:

  • Outlining high-, medium-, and low-priority plans for freight investments and planning activities. (Chapters 11-14)
  • Identifying freight transportation facilities that are critical to economic growth and goods movement and updating the Texas Multimodal Freight Network through a comprehensive, data-driven, stakeholder-informed process. (Chapter 6)
  • Providing strategies to enhance economic growth and competitiveness by focusing on key freight intensive industries throughout the state and improvements on the Freight Network. (Chapters 3, 4 and 6)
  • Updating the economic impact of all freight modes on Texas and its economy. (Chapter 3)
  • Validating and expanding policies and investment strategies to enhance Texas’ freight transportation system. (Chapters 11-13)
  • Ensuring consistency with neighboring states and federal goals and objectives. (Chapters 2 and 11)
  • Providing a realistic implementation plan focused on immediate and robust strategies to ensure prioritized needs will be addressed within a reasonable timeframe. (Chapter 14)


Texas Freight Mobility Plan 2018 Executive Summary Appendices

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Major Freight Facilities Impact Regional Freight Study - Phase I & II


This plan builds upon the 2016 Freight Plan which incorporated a decade of multimodal strategic planning at the statewide, regional and local levels. Developing the Texas Freight Mobility Plan 2018 involved a number of steps, including analyzing the current and future freight transportation system, updating the Texas Multimodal Freight Network and Texas Highway Freight Network, identifying needs and gaps and developing recommendations. Stakeholder engagement was incorporated throughout the entire update process. Outreach was conducted through the Texas Freight Advisory Committee (TxFAC); 23 stakeholder workshops; and multiple webinars with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), TxDOT Districts and Divisions and neighboring states’ departments of transportation. A key outcome of the Freight Plan is an implementation plan that will meet the needs and challenges faced by TxDOT.