After considering public comment, the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation approved and the Metro Council adopted the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, which includes the Regional Freight Plan, on June 10, 2010.
Read the 2010 Regional Freight Plan
A number of studies, representing both local and national data, helped inform the Regional Freight Plan.
- The 2002 Commodity Flow Forecast for the Portland metropolitan region estimated a doubling in tonnage moved on the region’s multimodal freight transportation system by 2030.
- The 2006 Regional Business Plan for the Portland metropolitan region identified freight mobility as one of four areas for near-term strategic action.
- The Cost of Congestion Study underscored the importance of an efficient transportation system to the regional economy by highlighting the operational and fiscal impacts on area business and employees of the growing demand on the roadway network.
- The Portland/Vancouver International and Domestic Capacity Analysis assessed the effect of global market dynamics on regional trade volumes, identifying the challenges and opportunities presented by increased trade in the region.
- The Profile of the Regional Freight Transportation System reports on the economic and industry trends in freight movement, public policies governing freight mobility systems and the logistical practices of shippers to ensure on-time delivery of goods.
Task force and public input
A 33-member freight and goods movement task force guided the development of the plan. Public engagement activities allowed residents to review and comment on the draft Regional Freight Plan, as part of the more comprehensive 2035 Regional Transportation Plan update process.
The task force included Chairman Rod Park, Metro Councilor, and the following members:
- Steve Akre, OIA Global Logistics chairman
- Bob Applegate, Port of Portland chief public affairs manager
- Grant Armbruster, Columbia Sportswear director of import operations
- Steve Bates, Redmond Heavy Haul vice president
- Scott Bricker, Bicycle Transportation Alliance policy director
- Katy Brooks, Port of Vancouver community development manager
- Gary Cardwell, NW Container Service division vice president
- Terry Cleaver, Columbia Grain logistics manager
- Lynda David, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council senior transportation planner
- Tom Dechenne, Norris, Beggs & Simpson senior marketing consultant
- John Drew, Far West Fibers chief executive officer
- Ann Gardner, Schnitzer Steel Industries development projects manager
- Pete George, P.W. George Consulting owner
- Cam Gilmour, Clackamas County Transportation and Development director
- Van Hooper, Sysco Foods vice president of operations
- Tom Hughes, City of Hillsboro Mayor
- Monica Isbell, Starboard Alliance owner and manager
- Alan Kirk, OrePac chief financial officer and senior vice president
- Brian McMullen, Washington Department of Transportation, Southwest Region planning and program management assistant manager
- Jeanne Morgan, Xerox export control administration/international logistics supervisor
- James Nave, Union Pacific Railroad industrial products marketing and sales regional director
- Bob Peterson, Teamsters Local 162 billing agent
- Michael Powell, Powell's Books owner
- Warren Rosenfeld, Calbag Metals president
- Robert Russell, Oregon Trucking Association executive director
- Paul Smith, City of Portland transportation planning division manager
- Paul Thalhofer, City of Troutdale Mayor
- Jason Tell, Oregon Department of Transportation region 1 manager
- Elizabeth Wainright, Merchants Exchange executive director
- Tracy Ann Whalen, ESCO Corporation corporate traffic manager
- Rick Williams , Lloyd District Transportation Management Association executive director
- Paul Zalec, Portland & Western passenger operations vice president