Initiative 49: Designate a Freight-Person at Key Agencies

Designate a Freight-Person at Key Agencies
Description: Designating a freight person at key agencies facilitates outreach efforts because, in time, this individual becomes the focal point of communications between the public and private sectors. In addition to training in transportation planning, the designated person should have a basic background in urban design concepts, logistics, and most importantly, communications skills. As for any focal position, succession planning is advisable.
Targeted mode: All modes Geographic scope: City, Area
Type of initiative: Stakeholder engagement: designate a freight-person at key agencies Primary objective: Stakeholder engagement
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: The main cost of this initiative is related to hiring an analyst with background in freight transportation, or training a member of the staff on urban design concepts and logistics.
Advantages:

  • Facilitate the implementation of freight initiatives
  • Create communication channels between different stakeholders
  • Improve outreach efforts
  • Reduce probability of unintended consequences
Disadvantages:

  • Require high coordination among different stakeholders
Examples:

  • Office of Freight Mobility at the New York City DOT, New York City, New York, United States
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Policy and Planning Division, Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Chicago, Illinois, United States
References:  Holguín Veras et al. 2013b

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