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Peer Exchanges, Planning for a Better Tomorrow, Transportation Planning Capacity Building

Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program

— Peer Exchange Report —

Megaregions Freight Movement

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
November 6-7, 2013
Host Agency and Organizations: Atlanta Regional Commission
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Peer Agencies:

Host Agency: Atlanta Regional Commission
Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization
Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
San Diego Association of Governments

Federal Agencies:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe)


This report highlights key recommendations and best practices identified at the peer exchange on megaregions freight movement, held on November 6-7, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. This event was sponsored by the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program, which is jointly funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) hosted a two-day peer exchange on megaregion freight planning including peer metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) from across the country, several private-sector logistics companies, university researchers, federal agencies, and state and local governments. The peer exchange was part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Planning Capacity Building Peer Exchange program.

The peer exchange aimed to enhance organizational capacity for addressing freight issues at the megaregion scale within existing planning frameworks by leveraging data resources, partnerships, and peer planning experience. The following report provides background on freight planning in megaregions, describes the peer organization's freight planning experiences, and draws lessons from guest speakers and group discussion.

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