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Maryland DOT solicits input on draft freight, rail plans


The Maryland Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on its updated draft of the Maryland State Freight Plan and Maryland State Rail Plan.

The state’s freight plan examines existing and projected freight and supply-chain conditions and identifies policies, strategies and projects to improve freight movement efficiency and safety, MDOT officials said in a press release. The Federal Highway Administration oversees state freight plans.

The state rail plan outlines public and private investments and policies to ensure efficient, safe and sustainable movement of goods by rail, MDOT officials said.

State rail plans are required by the Federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 also requires certain new elements for freight plans, including assessments of e-commerce, freight, supply-chain flows and truck parking.

Both draft plans are available online for a public outreach period that closes Aug. 11. Both plans should be finalized and become available online later this year once approved by federal agencies.

To view the freight plan, click here. To view the rail plan, click here.

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