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Freight Planning

Freight transportation vision: Freight travels freely and safely through an interconnected network contributing to economic viability and growth for Maryland business.


Mission: Proactively pursue policy and project development for both freight and multimodal transportation in order to facilitate and improve the safe and efficient movement of goods and people across all transportation modes.

Maryland's multimodal freight network is the foundation of a supply chain that supports diverse companies and institutions. A reliable free flowing freight system leads to lower costs of goods that consumers and companies need for good quality of life and successful enterprise. Ensuring that the network of highways, railways, waterways, and airports are ready to handle the current level and anticipated growth of goods movement is a priority of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). The Department’s overarching goal is to help improve Maryland’s economy by making the goods movement system more efficient, reliable, and safe.

Maryland's freight planning is a partnership effort among The Secretary's Office and the modal administrations. Shared data and information on commodity flows, market shares, system operations, transport safety and security, and environmental issues inform decision documents for projects, programs, and initiatives.

The Strategic Goods Movement Plan is the guiding document for freight planning and programming. The five-year plan examines current goods movement patterns in freight-reliant industry sectors and looks at trends and long-range projections. The document was developed with support of a variety of partners and stakeholders who identified issues and outcomes to improve the safety and efficiency of freight transportation. The plan recommends policy positions and strategies for MDOT and stakeholders based on quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Goods movement relies on an intrinsic partnership between the freight transportation system owners and the users. The freight network consists of publically and privately owned and maintained infrastructure. Efficient and safe transport of goods requires that MDOT, the modal administrations, and private sector partners work together to assess issues and towards mutually beneficial solutions. Our planning and implementation efforts would not be possible without the support and input from the Freight Stakeholders Advisory Committee. 




Freight Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Dr. Robert MartinezNorfolk Southern
Don BowmanD. M. Bowman,
Michael DerbyWillenius
Wilhelmsen Line
Jennifer TannerCSX
Tom HuesmanThe Terminal
John ReddingBelt's Transportation
Nicole KatsikidesFederal Highway
Sharon ClarkPerdue Agri
Business Inc.
Mark AlagnaUnited Parcel
Scott GreenFederal Railroad
Louis CampionMaryland Motor Truck

High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program

Embracing its multimodal mission, MDOT seeks to promote opportunities along the Northeast Corridor to advance rail projects that help build capacity and increase speed. MDOT and the Maryland Transit Administration participate in a number of regional and national planning efforts for rail infrastructure.

BWI Amtrak Rail Improvement

Susquehanna River Bridge Project

B & P Tunnel Project


Maryland is finalizing its Statewide Rail Plan. When a draft is available, it will be uploaded on this site. 


Contact Us

Office of Freight and Multimodalism
Maryland Department of Transportation
7201 Corporate Center Drive
PO Box 548
Hanover, MD 21076

Bradley M. Smith

Harry Romano
Rail Program and Policy Manager

Jacqueline Thorne
Project Manager - Priority Projects

Debbie Bowden
Motor Carrier and Logistics Policy Advisor

Bill Jorch
Multimodal Policy Analyst