MACOG Regional Freight Mobility Plan Online Meeting

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Welcome to the first MACOG Regional Freight Mobility Plan Steering Committee Meeting!

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About this Online Meeting

The entire session should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Continue clicking through to learn more about the project and the proposed improvements. Use the navigation bar on the left side of the screen by clicking on the text to advance to the next slide or use the arrows along the bottom of the screen to go back and forth between slides.

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James Turnwald

James Turnwald
MACOG Executive Director

Caitlin Stevens

Caitlin Stevens
MACOG Principal Transportation Planner

Dan Haake

Dan Haake
HDR Project Manager

Keith Bucklew

Keith Bucklew
HDR Engagement Lead

Steering Committee

Thank you for joining us today and for your interest in being part of our Steering Committee! Each of you were identified as key freight stakeholders in our region, and we value your input in this important planning process. The committee will guide the plan’s development. Over the course of the next year, this committee will meet to share information, review intermediate deliverables, and provide feedback on plan development.

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Meeting 1:

Review work plan, past work, and identify trends and needs


Meeting 2:

Freight Profile

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Meeting 3:

Needs Assessment and Project Prioritization

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Meeting 4:

Final Plan

MACOG Overview

The Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) is a voluntary organization of local governments that studies and attempts to resolve, for the benefit of each member and the region, areas of interlocal issues, which includes but is not limited to transportation, transit, economic development, environment, and other issues that impact the region.

Freight Issues

Below are some of the unique characteristics of the Michiana Area.

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    Blocked RR Crossings
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    Downtown Truck Issues
  • warehouse icon
    Mega-Warehouse Impacts
  • desk icon
    Workforce Mobility
  • factory icon
    Local Manufacturing
  • highway icon
    Heavy Duty Highways – Michigan Weight Limits
  • farm icon
    3rd Largest Amish Community
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    Indiana Toll Road
  • train icon
    Canadian National (Potential Merger)
  • airlplane icon
    MedTech/Air Cargo

Plan Overview

The Regional Freight Mobility Plan will be multi-modal and focus on identifying ways to enhance freight mobility through strategic transportation investments. The plan will create a series of prioritized projects, programs and policies that respond to the unique opportunities and challenges in the Michiana region. The plan will not only be designed to be integrated into ongoing MACOG transportation planning and community development efforts but, will be equally focused on how to support job growth, economic development, and improved quality-of-life for the region’s residents.

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Task 1: Plan Development
Task 2: Literature Review
Task 3: Goals and Performance Measures
Task 4: Freight Profile
Task 5: Stakeholder Engagement
Task 6: Needs Assessment
Task 7: Priorities for Improvement
Task 8: Final Plan

Input Opportunity 1

Now that you’ve learned a little about the steering committee, the Regional Freight Mobility Plan, we want to hear from you!

Leveraging Past Work

Before beginning work on the Regional Freight Mobility Plan, it was important to understand and capture key takeaways from relevant studies, plans and work already done by MACOG and its partners.

  • Michiana on the Move: Transportation Plan 2045
  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
  • 2004 MACOG Freight Transportation Study
  • 2007 Regional Truck Route Inventory
  • INDOT Freight Plan
  • INDOT Rail Plan
  • Conexus Indiana
  • County Economic Development Plans
  • Airport Master Plan
Transportation plan leads to Freight Objectives leads to Performance measures

Goals & Objectives

Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures

  • Reduce crashes involving commercial vehicles
    • Potential Measure: Crash and/or fatality rate
Pavement and Bridge Condition
  • Maintain a state of good repair on the freight network
    • Potential Measure: Percent of freight network in good condition
System Performance
  • Improve truck travel time reliability on the freight network
    • Potential Measure: Truck Travel Time Reliability
CMAQ – Delay, Emissions
  • Reduce delay on the freight network
    • Potential Measure: Truck delay (potentially monetized)
Economic Vitality
  • TBD Resiliency Objective – Ongoing MACOG Resiliency Plan
Active Transportation
  • Improve job access to freight-dependent industries
    • Potential Measure: Freight dependent jobs served by transit
  • Reduce the disproportionate impacts of freight on Environmental Justice (EJ) communities
    • Potential Measure: Percent of truck volumes in EJ areas
Quality of Life
  • Reduce freight’s impact on civic infrastructure
    • Potential Measure: Percent of truck volumes near parks, schools and other public destinations

Input Opportunity 2

Comment Map

You're invited to share your comments through the interactive map embedded below. To make a comment in a specific location, select a point on the map to drop a pin and enter your feedback. We appreciate your input.


Not sure what to say? Here’s what we want to know from the community.

  • What are your thoughts on our initial findings?
  • What transportation issues are in the region?
  • How well is the transportation system operating today?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing Michiana?
  • What has changed and how have things changed over the past decade?
  • What transportation trends do you see happening in the next 5‐10 years?

Next Steps and Contact Information

Next Steps

Short Term:

  • Freight Profile Development
  • Stakeholder Outreach

Long Term:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Prioritization/Implementation

Contact Information

Caitlin Stevens

Principal Transportation Planner