Freight transportation is a key component in the DFW regional economy. The North Texas region is located along Interstate Highway 35, which has served as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) corridor since 1995. The region is also home to a national freight railroad crossroads and national and international air cargo hub, making it a national logistics hub. Within 48 hours, 98 percent of the U.S. population can be reached from this region by truck.
Freight is vital to the DFW regional economy as well as to the Texas economy. In 2010, the region accounted for 34 percent of Texas’ Gross Domestic Product. The DFW region represents one of the largest inland ports in the nation, where freight is moved, transferred, and distributed to destinations across the State and around the world. North Central Texas has one of the most extensive surface and air transportation networks in the world, providing extensive trade opportunities for the hundreds of motor/trucking carriers and freight forwarders operating in the DFW area.
Regional Freight Advisory Committee
General Freight Planning
Freight North Texas
Freight program goals include:
- Improve the efficiency of freight movements;
- Establish processes for freight community input;
- Promote safety and mobility issues;
- Continue MPO involvement with freight industry groups;
- Monitor freight traffic throughout the region;
- Improve and ensure the safety of freight movements and hazardous materials truck routes;
- Reduce air quality impacts of freight movements;
- Evaluate accessibility of freight facilities; and
- Review intermodal and freight factors in project selection for rail and other investment studies.