Cook County Freight Plan: Establishing the County's Unique Role in Freight Transportation Planning

Large urban counties play a unique role in shaping transportation policies that strengthen regional economies and benefit community quality of life. With a growing emphasis on freight policy at the national level, freight-related improvements are an attractive opportunity for local agencies to make meaningful investments and build their economies. Cook County, Illinois, has undertaken a strategic program to leverage its significant freight resources to drive economic growth and promote local quality of life. As a part of this program, the County has completed an extensive study of its freight transportation system and economic development activities, its role as a freight leader at the national and local scale and opportunities to coordinate resources across the multiple public and private entities involved in the freight transportation sector. This innovative planning approach merges traditional transportation planning methods with an economic development and community focused lens. The technical research and planning process resulted in a comprehensive but strategic framework for the County to implement targeted improvements that modernize its existing freight assets and maximize efficiencies. The result of this planning approach is the County’s first Freight Plan, a strategic framework to guide Cook County’s future investments for greatest impact. This paper articulates the background, process and expected long term economic impacts of this investment strategy.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADD10 Standing Committee on Transportation and Economic Development.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Beata, Alexander
    • Choca Urban, Maria
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-05816
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:38AM