TxDOT is conducting a regional freight and trade plan covering the Rio Grande Valley due to its importance to freight movement in Texas and nationally. The plan will include an in-depth inventory and analysis of regional trade and logistics transportation assets, conditions, and activities, and the level of impact they have at the local, regional, national, and international level. Additionally the plan will develop strategies for enhancing freight mobility, logistics, safety, connectivity and economic competitiveness within the region. There will also be a focus on the freight traffic often not captured in traditional state and national freight planning tools and data, notably traffic related to cross border trade, seaport traffic, and regional freight movements.
The Rio Grande Valley study area includes Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Starr and Willacy counties.
Public and private sector stakeholder input will be a critical component of the Regional Freight Plan, starting with data collection and continuing through the development of recommendations and strategies to improve freight mobility. The stakeholder engagement process will include:
Kickoff Meeting - Sept. 12, 2019
Steering Committee Meeting- Dec. 4, 2019
Steering Committee Virtual Meeting - Feb. 3, 2020
Transportation Forums - Feb. 18-20, 2020
Steering Committee Virtual Meeting - June 4, 2020
Steering Committee Virtual Meeting - Sept. 1, 2020
Transportation Planning and Programming Division
Freight, International Trade and Connectivity Section