IDOT seeks feedback on 2017
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[November 17, 2017]
The Illinois Department of Transportation has
released its 2017 Freight Plan, which outlines the state’s strategy
for facilitating the successful and efficient movement of goods.
Public comments will be accepted through Nov. 30.
“Illinois serves as the transportation hub of North America. It’s
important we have a reliable infrastructure system to support the
freight industry, which moves nearly $3 trillion of goods into, out
of and through Illinois each year,” said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The efficient movement of goods is a
key driver for our state’s economic prosperity.”
Freight in Illinois is moved by truck, rail, water and air. The 2017
plan examines road congestion, the importing and exporting of goods,
workforce trends and other factors that impact effective movement of
freight. The plan highlights the existing system of freight traffic
and envisions potential improvements in the future.
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Illinois’ freight system transports more than 1 billion tons of
freight per year, valued at $2.97 trillion. More than 450 million tons of
freight are moved by rail alone, representing more than $1.6 trillion. The
Freight Plan also accounts for cargo origins and destinations both domestic and
abroad. Goods from Illinois travel across the globe, from Asia to Europe and
Africa to South America.
The public can
view the plan in its draft form and provide comments by visiting
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