The Atlanta region is a major freight and goods movement and distribution hub and the main economic engine for the state of Georgia.
The main objective of ARC's freight planning effort is to develop a framework for facilitating and enhancing freight mobility and goods movement in the region, improving the region’s economic competitiveness, and minimizing environmental and community impacts.
For more information about the ARC freight planning program and initiatives, please contact Daniel Studdard via email or at 404.463.3306.
Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan
Identifying and programming effective improvements to accommodate increasing freight, goods, and services movement in the Atlanta region is vital to the economic vitality and quality of life of our region. To address freight in a comprehensive manner, ARC undertook the development of a data-driven, policy-based plan for the metropolitan area.
The identification and prioritization of improvements and strategies that accommodate and enhance mobility of both people and goods while mitigating the negative impacts on congestion, safety, environment and quality of life.
Atlanta Strategic Truck Route Master Plan (ASTRoMaP)
The 2008 Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan noted that the region has discontinuous routes serving freight truck traffic. Many truck routes are not logical in that they may stop at jurisdictional boundaries or conflict with restrictions placed in adjacent communities. It was recognized that additional study was needed to address issues pertaining to truck routing and operations.
One of the additional follow-up activities included the development of a regional truck route network as well as associated policies and guidelines. This network is be referred to as the Atlanta Strategic Truck Route Master Plan (ASTRoMaP). Development of the ASTRoMaP began in early 2009 and was adopted by the ARC in 2010.
- Implement follow-up recommendations from the Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan to ensure that truck traffic is directed to roadways whose physical and operational characteristics can effectively accommodate truck traffic.
- Identify a Regional Strategic Truck Route Network concept to direct and manage freight movement.
- Identify supportive improvement strategies to implement the regional truck route concept, including identifying priority road-railway at-grade crossings for removal.
- Develop access management best practices to protect freight corridors.