Central Indiana Regional Freight Plan

The Indianapolis MPO is working with CPCS Transcom to update the Central Indiana Regional Freight Plan. This plan will include updated information about regional planning needs that will be used to help prioritize multimodal infrastructure improvements and develop policy recommendations that will work to enhance the freight corridors and areas in the region. Please contact Jen Higginbotham with any questions regarding the freight plan.

Project Milestones

  • Summer 2021 Literature Review and Data Collection/Analysis
  • July 2021 Initial Convening of Steering Committee
  • Mid-Late 2021 Conduct Stakeholder Interviews
  • Mid-Late 2021 SWOT Analysis
  • Late 2021 Survey for Steering Committee
  • Late 2021 Detailed Scope of Work, Action Plan, and Schedule for Phase 2
  • Late April 2022 Public Review of Updated Freight Network Map
  • May 2022 Recommendations and Implementation Strategies
  • June 2022 Develop Performance Measures
  • June 2022 Develop Public Review Draft Plan
  • July 2022 Public Involvement and Plan Review
  • August 2022 Final Plan Adoption (In Progress)

Strategy Committee Meeting Materials

The Strategy Committee met on July 26, 2021. Click here to review the presentation slides.

Freight Network Existing Conditions

The included video overview and Working Paper provide a summary of the extent of current freight operations in the IMPO region and the characteristics of the existing freight transportation system that supports the movement of goods. The Working Paper includes a high-level assessment of freight mode shares in the region and a description of freight-related industries; truck and rail operations including data on movement, safety, and reliability; air and pipeline activity; and projections for future freight conditions in Central Indiana.

Working Paper of Existing Conditions
Video Overview (12 minutes)

Public Survey 1

As part of the Indianapolis MPO Regional Freight Plan Update, freight stakeholders across Central Indiana were asked to identify some key freight characteristics, issues, and needs for the region. The survey took place from October 20 - November 29, 2021. Check out the summary for some the key takeaways from the survey.

Regional Freight Stakeholder Survey - Key Takeaways

SWOT Analysis

The included working paper gives an overview of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) for the region. These were then distilled into needs and issues regarding freight mobility, safety, infrastructure condition, and community/environmental impacts for freight movement.

Draft SWOT Analysis

Public Survey 2

From April 25 - May 9, 2022, stakeholders and the public were invited to contribute their comments to a map proposing updates to the Regional Freight Network. An introduction page led visitors through the various layers of the map, including the network tiers and freight activity clusters, and showed them the proposed additions to the map. Visitors were also asked to provide feedback on draft criteria for evaluating proposed new roads within the 2050 MTP.

Regional Freight Network Introduction Page

Public Comment on Draft Plan

The IMPO collected public feedback on the draft Central Indiana Regional Freight Plan from July 13 - July 26, 2022. During that time, the IMPO hosted two webinars to review and discuss the freight plan with the public on July 19 at 6pm and July 20 at 1pm. The July 20 session was recorded and is posted here for on-demand viewing by anyone who couldn't attend the posted meetings.

Regional Freight Plan - Approval Draft

Click here to view the approval draft version of the Central Indiana Regional Freight Plan.

The finalized freight plan is scheduled to have a public hearing and be considered for approval by the Transportation Policy Committee at their meeting on August 17, 2022. Check the IMPO’s Calendar for meeting details.

Submit Comments

Do you have some thoughts or comments you'd like to share with the Regional Freight Plan team?

Click Here! Or:

  • email Jen Higginbotham at Jen.Higginbotham@IndyMPO.org
  • leave a voicemail at 317.327.8601