Freight is the economy in motion. As the greater Charlotte region continues to grow, its economy becomes more diverse and consumes an even wider range of goods and services. This growth is supported and enhanced by a reliable multi-modal transportation network. The movement of goods continues to be an essential building block of the region’s economic competitiveness. Centralina Council of Governments, in collaboration with regional partners for the 14-county Greater Charlotte Bi-State Region, developed the region’s first Freight Mobility Plan to support the region’s communities, transportation planning organizations, and manufacturing and logistics industries.

Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan 2016

Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan Executive Summary 2016

Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan 2016

Appendix A_Public Info and Stakeholder Outreach

Appendix B_Existing Conditions

Appendix C_GoalsObjectivesPrioritization

Appendix D_FreightForecasts

Appendix E_EconomicContextLandUse

Appendix F_BestPracticesinFreightPlanning

Appendix G_Recommendations

The plan will help:

  • Identify ways to effectively and consistently address freight congestion and key bottlenecks,
  • Identify links that connect mobility of freight to regional economic development goals,
  • Prioritize improvements to reduce barriers to efficiency,
  • Promote effective land use in both urban and rural areas of the Region to support freight mobility, business development and job growth, and
  • Mitigate environmental impacts related to mobility barriers across the Region.

The region’s freight transportation system is a network of interstates, highways, local roads, railways, and pipelines. This network is tied together by inter-modal yards, airports, and other transportation facilities and it provides the means for the movement of raw materials and finished products from all sectors of our economy.

The Freight Mobility Plan serves urban, suburban, and rural areas of the region by aiding in the understanding of current and future levels of freight network activity, identifying issues and opportunities, defining feasible solutions supported by the private sector, identifying new technologies to improve freight flow and attract new businesses to the region, and guiding the region’s investments in freight infrastructure.

To ensure the region’s strong economic future and economic competitiveness this region must collaborate to address its current and future freight transportation challenges.

Project Partners

A key foundation of the plan has been collaboration and engagement of public and private project partners to guide and inform the process and outcomes to ensure the Plan is comprehensive, responsive and meets regional needs. The project is a multi-jurisdiction public-private collaboration effort lead by CCOG in partnership with the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Rural Planning Organization (RPO), Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, N.C. Department of Transportation, S.C. Department of Transportation, local governments, economic development commissions, and private rail and trucking companies, logistics and distribution firms. The Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan was informed by three committees: a Coordinating Committee, a Steering Committee and an Advisory Committee.  For more information on these committees and the members please click here.

Coordinating Committee

Members of the Coordinating Committee are staff members of the region’s transportation planning organizations, the North Carolina and South Carolina Department of Transportation, and state divisions of the Federal Highway Administration. More information about upcoming meetings and past meeting materials can be found on the Coordinating Committee’s webpage.

Steering Committee

The Freight Mobility Steering Committee is comprised of key regional experts in transportation and land use planning, economic development, logistics, and local government elected officials. For more information about upcoming meetings and past meeting materials please click here.

Advisory Committee

Members of the Advisory Committee are private freight systems providers such as rail, trucking, and air cargo firms and freight systems users such as manufacturers, distribution and warehouse centers, and logistics firms.  More information about upcoming meetings and past meeting materials can be found on the Advisory Committee’s webpage.

Planes, Trains, & Semis:  Keeping a Dynamic Economy on the Move Peer Exchange

On November 13, 2015 two peers to the Greater Charlotte Region traveled to Charlotte to present how their region’s were using freight planning to strengthen their regional economies and support economic development.  Members of the Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Coordinating, Steering and Advisory Committees and others had an opportunity to hear about the Greater Cincinnati and South Florida regions efforts in freight planning.  In addition the North Carolina and South Carolina Departments of Transportation presented an update on their State Freight Plans.



To learn more about how to support this important project, please contact Jessica Hill, Project Manager at (704) 348-2731 or