Peachtree Street ReDesign
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT: The Appalachian Regional Freight Mobility Plan led by the Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG), includes a study area covering 7 counties, 43 municipalities, and 3 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in South Carolina. The need for a comprehensive strategy to address goods movement in this region results from significant growth in both population and industry that has put pressure on existing infrastructure. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Area boasts the largest Metropolitan Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the state and is ranked #67 among all metropolitan areas in the United States (Bureau of Economic Analysis). The Freight Plan is an important product that ties together findings from a series of significant regional studies and projects over the past decade. It is expected that the Freight Plan will guide project partners and stakeholders (public and private) in the development of a staged, priority-driven technical process to address future regional freight (primarily truck and rail) processes, policies and investments. The key objectives of the Freight Plan are to: • Collect system freight data, across modes, that support an ongoing regional freight-planning function • Create a framework of analysis for freight performance measures and the identification of freight-specific issues on the transportation network to inform a set of strategic recommendations • Develop a framework for incorporating Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) efforts and emerging technologies into freight planning, modeling, and prioritization processes • Guide the prioritization and implementation of future investments, policies, and strategies in the short-, mid-, and long-term that improve the safety, security, mobility, operations and reliability of the freight transportation system and support the economic development goals of the region OUR ROLE IN THE PROJECT: As part of a team, Modern Mobility Partners (MMP) is leading the best practices, performance measures, and project prioritization tasks to identify the projects best suited for addressing the freight issues identified through this robust study. MMP lead a thorough review of nation-wide best practices in new and emerging freight technologies, such as smart truck parking, truck platooning, freight signal priority, and dynamic messaging systems programs, that could be utilized within the ACOG region. Additionally, MMP reviewed regional, state, and national freight plans to determine which performance measures were most applicable to the ACOG region based on the staff and stakeholders freight needs determined through surveys and workshops. MMP also worked with the project team to identify appropriate projects for the identified existing freight needs, and once developed, created a project prioritization spreadsheet tool to rank the identified projects according to the agreed upon metrics. These metrics incorporate reliability, safety, economic and environmental measures for evaluation.
Appalachian Region Freight Planning
Addressing freight issues in the study area of the Appalachian Region