Tour-based Freight Model

In recognition of the importance of freight in the Triad, PART, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and the Triad Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Burlington-Graham, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem) embarked on a three-phased approach to develop an enhanced freight component for the Piedmont Triad Regional Travel Demand Model (RTDM). The goals are to provide a safe freight transportation system, support the region's economic well-being, and achieve efficiency in operations and investment in the freight transportation system.

Creating better data and models will enable state, regional, and local planners to better predict freight movement trends, and make better informed project investment decisions. The end result of this study will be information that can be used to inform land use planning, transportation planning and project prioritization.

Advanced touring model beside traditional model

  1. Phase I
  2. Phase II
  3. Phase III

Phase One

Identify existing freight nodes, characteristics and commodities.

Highlights from Phase I Included 158 freight and distribution establishment interviews, a 969 record Freight Node Database, 139 distribution centers identified.