As part of developing the Washington State Freight Plan, the WSDOT Freight Systems Division is taking a first step towards providing freight stakeholders with a data-based picture of the first/last mile truck routes that connect the state’s freight-intensive land uses to the state’s backbone freight system. WSDOT worked with over 60 stakeholders in three Freight Plan Technical Teams across the state to develop the criteria to identify first/last mile connector routes, revised the criteria after meeting with Tribes and the Technical Committees of every MPO and RTPO in the state, and is partnering with FMSIB to further refine the designation.
We invite you to review the regional maps of the draft Freight Economic Corridors (please see links below) and send your input on the preliminary designation of first/last mile truck freight connector routes to Wenjuan Zhao, WSDOT Freight Policy and Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, 2013. You have the local knowledge we need to make this a valuable tool.
Earlier this summer we asked you to send us 2012 truck volume information for local and Tribal roads to help us prepare the update of the State Freight and Goods Transportation System (FGTS), which classifies highways and roads by volume. We’ll use both the 2013 FGTS report to identify the T-1 and T-2 high-volume truck routes, and the following criteria to identify lower-volume first/last mile connector routes, when designating the State Truck Freight Economic Corridors.
Washington State Truck Freight Economic Corridor Criteria
The State Truck Freight Economic Corridors have four elements:
- T-1 freight corridors that carry more than 10 million tons per year;
T-2 freight corridors that carry 4 to 10 million tons per year;
- Alternative freight routes that serve as alternatives to T-1 truck routes that experience severe-weather closures, and carry 300,000 to four million tons per year;
- First/last mile connector routes between freight-intensive land uses and T-1 and T-2 Freight Corridors. These criteria were used to identify the connector routes -
- To-and-from T-1 and T-2 truck routes and strategic U.S. defense facilities.
- Over-dimensional truck freight routes that connect the state’s significant intermodal facilities to the T-1 and T-2 highway system.
B. In urban areas:
- To-and-from the Interstate system and the (1) closest major airport with air freight service, (2) marine terminals, ports, barge loaders and other intermodal facilities, and (3) warehouse/industrial lands.
- From high-volume urban freight intermodal facilities to other urban intermodal facilities, e.g. from the Port of Seattle to the BNSF rail yard in Seattle
C. In rural areas:
- To-and-from state freight hubs located within five miles of T-1 and T-2 highways; freight hubs are defined as: (1) agricultural processing centers, (2) distribution centers, (3) intermodal facilities, and (4) industrial/commercial zoned land.
- Routes that carry one million tons during three months of the year (reflecting seasonality) of agricultural, timber or other resource industry sector goods.
Data sources and Interim rules applied to implement above criteria and identify first/last mile connectors are included in this document (pdf 16 kb). Links to preliminary maps of regional Truck Freight Economic Corridors are at the bottom of this webpage.
Washington State Rail Freight Economic Corridor Criteria
The State Rail Freight Economic Corridors have four elements:
- R1 Rail Freight Corridors: carrying greater than 5 million tons of freight per year;
- R2 Rail Freight Corridors: carrying 1 to 5 million tons of freight per year;
- R3 Rail Freight Corridors: 5 hundred thousand to 1 million tons of freight per year;
- R4 Rail Freight Corridors: 1 hundred thousand to 5 hundred thousand tons of freight per year.
Statewide Map of Rail Freight Economic Corridors (pdf 497 kb)
Washington State Waterway Freight Economic Corridor Criteria
The State Waterway Freight Economic Corridors have four elements:
- W1 Waterway Freight Corridors: carrying greater than 25 million tons of freight per year;
- W2 Waterway Freight Corridors: carrying 10 million to 25 million tons of freight per year;
- W3 Waterway Freight Corridors: carrying 5 million to 10 million tons of freight per year;
- W4 Waterway Freight Corridors: carrying 2.5 million to 5 million tons of freight per year.
Statewide Map of Waterway Freight Economic Corridors (pdf 415 kb)
How to Provide Input on Interim Designation of Truck Freight First/Last Mile Connector Routes
- To recommend adding or deleting first/last mile connector routes in your region, please note that all proposed connector routes must meet the truck economic corridor connectivity criteria described in the section above. Send the following information to Wenjuan Zhao at email@example.com by October 31, 2013 to propose changes in the designated connector routes:
Verify the industrial/commercial zoned land data in the map. Does the map accurately locate your industrial zoned land in all areas, and commercial zoned lands in rural areas within five miles of T-1 and T-2 highways? If not:
- Connector Route Name
- Connector Route Name
- Beginning Location
- Ending Location
- Change (add or delete a route)
- Information to support the connector route addition/ deletion
- Do you have GIS (Geographical Information System) maps displaying the boundaries of industrial/commercial lands (GIS shapefile is preferred)? If so, please label its land use type (industrial or commercial) in the map and email the electronic copy to the contact person listed in the end of this request,
- If GIS maps are not possible, please provide a local map in pdf format displaying the boundaries of zoned lands at the street level (an example of the zoned land map is attached). Please label land use types (industrial or commercial) in the map.
Please submit your input on the first/last mile connector routes for the State Truck Freight Economic Corridors to Wenjuan Zhao at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, 2013.
Truck Freight Economic Corridor Maps by MPO/RTPO