Freight Needs and Priority Investments
The Strategic Freight Plan includes a needs analysis, which helps to identify priority freight investment strategies for the Tampa Bay region. Several planning and intermodal agencies in the Tampa Bay region have identified freight transportation improvement needs. These needed freight mobility improvements have been defined through a capacity analysis and an issue assessment undertaken as part of the Strategic Freight Plan.
The relative importance of various potential improvement strategies to the regional freight roadway network was primarily based on the existing and estimated future travel conditions in that corridor. The analysis accounts for the proximity and relationship of a given roadway to the region’s freight activity centers, the intensity of the freight activity centers, accessibility to industrial employment areas, and the compatibility of goods movement with the land use contexts of the corridor. Investment strategies include new and expanded roads to provide more capacity for freight and commuter travel; operational strategies to improve travel conditions within corridors while minimizing impacts to adjacent land uses; separated grade crossings to relieve traffic bottlenecks on key freight and commuter corridors; and focused subarea studies to identify additional solutions for improved freight access and mobility.