Hull rpo2012

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Corey Hull, of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission, at the 2012 National Rural Transportation Conference.

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Hull rpo2012

  1. 1. Valdosta-LowndesMetropolitan Planning Organization Freight Transportation Study and Report Series NADO Rural Transportation Conference April 25-27, 2012
  2. 2. Freight Planning in Small MPOs• Data is Not Available• Data is Expensive• Freight is a Big Topic• Economic Development Needs• How do you apply what you have?
  3. 3. Southern Georgia Regional Commission• Valdosta, GA MPO• Designated 2000• ~120,000• 3 Counties• MPO Staff of 1
  4. 4. Freight in Valdosta• Founded in 1861, town moved to be on Railroad• 1hr. North of Intersection of I-75 & I-10• US 84, US 41, Moody AFB• CSX and NS Railroads, 2 short lines• Within 8 hr. drive of Ports in Savannah, Charleston, Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Mobile, New Orleans, etc.
  5. 5. Future of Freight in Valdosta• Logistics and Distribution• Growth of Port Traffic• Inland Port 1 hr north – 3K-5K Jobs in 5 yrs.• Through Traffic• I-75 LOS F• Rail Lines LOS D or F
  6. 6. 2009 Freight Study• Analyzed General Freight Movement in Region• Partnered with CoC to distribute survey – Survey of 118 companies (57 identified as freight intensive users)• Industries: Forestry/Ag, Mining, Utilities, Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation• Committee of Local Freight Users• Provide Local Officials with Information
  7. 7. 2009 Freight Study Locals• No local truck route designations in County• Restrictions in City, but no formal plan, or routes• Number of bridge restrictions, restricting local deliveries
  8. 8. 2009 Freight Study Survey• 70% of trucking firms operate nationally• 64% of shipments outside of SE US or International• 90% said that highways provided good access to markets• Majority felt that local government should focus on attracting freight intensive industries
  9. 9. 2009 Freight Study Survey• Recommendations to Attract Freight/Logistics Industry – Improved highway/rail crossings – Defined Local Truck Routes – Improving Signage – Local Intermodal Facility
  10. 10. Crashes in 2009 Study• Looked only at Classes 8-10• 37% of crashes were caused by commercial vehicle• Improper changing of lanes on interstate or arterial roads
  11. 11. Rail in 2009 Study• Wood/Forest Products, Paper, Far m/Food Products, Chemicals• CSX Switching Yard• Most of the traffic is through traffic• 3-4 significant users• Improvements Needed to GFRR
  12. 12. Land Use in 2009 Study• Comp Plan – Freight Intensive Land Uses Identified• Industries: Forestry/Ag, Mining, Utilities, Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation• 12,000 + employees, 30% of employment• 4 Large Distribution Centers• Several Trucking Firms• Multiple agencies – Plan Commission, Industrial Authority, Local Governments
  13. 13. 2009 Freight Study Conclusions• Policy Statement about Freight in 2035 TP – “Develop a transportation system that is efficient for freight movement…” • Evaluation Measure: Number of jobs in freight intensive industries• Use Freight Data to Identify and Prioritize Projects• Access Management Plan for US 41
  14. 14. 2009 Freight Study Conclusions• Identified bottleneck locations – All are projects in the 2035 TP• Highway/Rail Crossings were an Issue – Two projects in 2035 TP• Desire to connect to points west and I-95 – Two projects in State LRTP• Projects Accelerated if Regional Sales Tax Passes
  15. 15. Questions about Freight• Analysis of Exporting Industries – Location Quotient Analysis Method• Evaluate Demand for Small Intermodal Facility• Impact of Rail on Local Economy• O-D Study of Commodities• Evaluate Services Provided by Rest/Truck Stops• Analysis of Bridges along Truck Routes• Determine Areas Suitable for Ind. Dev. Near Rail• Promote Economic Development of VLD Airport• Remove Truck Traffic from Downtown Valdosta• Examine impact/location of Commercial Vehicle Crashes
  16. 16. Report 1: Exporting Industries• Location Quotient and Shift-Share Analysis – LQ – shows how much local industries export and import compared to the larger economy – Shift-Share – local economic changes over time compared to larger economy, identifies industries that are succeeding, emerging, mature, or transforming• Overview of local economy for local officials• 4 Industries are Emerging or Transforming that are transportation related
  17. 17. Report 1: Exporting Industries
  18. 18. Report 2: Impact of Freight Rail• NS/CSX Operate 25 trains +/-• 65% of crossings are unsignalized with only a stop sign, lots of private crossings• 30+ crashes since 2001, 2 fatalities• 1 shortline in need of repair – 400+ jobs promised if this happens – Funding coming from Regional Sales Tax if it passes
  19. 19. Report 2: Impact of Freight Rail• 10+ active rail spurs to private industries – 840+ employees, $700M in sales • 1.8% of total county employment • 7.6% of total county sales• 130+ companies with access, not used – 2,300 employees, $950M in sales• Total Impact of freight related companies w/access to rail – 7% of total county employment – 18% of total county sales
  20. 20. Report 3: Commercial Veh. Crashes• Report Complete by • Severity August 2012 • Hazardous Materials• 2000-2009 Data • Contributing Factors – 1791 Total Crashes • CDL Status – 23 Fatal Crashes • Time of Day – 2 Crashes w/Haz. Mat. Release • Location; Top 10? – #1 Factor: Following • Inter- vs. Intra-state Too Close • Manner of Collision • Veh. Type
  21. 21. Regional Sales Tax• 1% Sales Tax for 10 years• 12 Regions• 75% Regional Project List – Economic Development – 20 of 59 projects directly freight related• 25% Local Discretionary• If it does not pass, 30% match on current state funds
  22. 22. Freight Planning in Small MPOs• Lack of Meaningful/Affordable Data – Create own data – surveys, local contacts• Break the issues down• Answer this question: How does freight movement impact local economic development? (Jobs, Jobs, Jobs)• Use results of research to impact project development, prioritization, etc.• Keep Learning – State Conferences
  23. 23. Questions Corey Hull, AICP Valdosta-Lowndes MPOSouthern Georgia Regional Commission 229-333-5277 chull@sgrc.us www.sgrc.us/transportation

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