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A Freight Transportation Plan for the OKI Region

OKI is the region’s public leader in freight transportation planning. OKI’s wealth of experience working with data has resulted in the use of more than 75 unique datasets to incorporate the existing performance of each freight mode into the plan. With an eye on the future, the plan is considering the impact and application of new, emerging technologies to enhance opportunities for socio-economic growth.

OKI Freight Plan Timeline

Fiscal Year 2022
(July 2021 – June 2022): OKI Staff

  • Existing Freight System Performance Modal Summaries
  • Visualize Freight Conditions

Fiscal Year 2023
(July 2022 – June 2023): Consultant Team

  • Estimate Future Freight Conditions and System Performance
  • Generate Solutions to Address Needs and Opportunities

The OKI Executive Committee approved the Freight Plan on September 14, 2023.

Contact Robyn Bancroft for questions regarding the OKI Freight Plan.

 

About the Plan

The OKI Freight Plan is a systematic examination of current and future conditions related to the movement of goods in, out and within the region. With the mission to ensure the safe and efficient flow of goods for a healthy and robust regional economy, the OKI Freight Plan will outline the capital investments, policy approaches and special studies essential to delivering this outcome to the OKI region for the next 30 years.

OKI is federally mandated and funnels about $40 million in transportation funds to construction and planning projects throughout its eight-county, three-state region that includes: Ohio’s Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties; Kentucky’s Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties and Dearborn County Indiana.

Relationship to State Freight Transportation

Now that dedicated freight planning has been in place for over a decade, each of our three member states has developed several helpful freight resources, in addition to their federally mandated state freight plans.

 

Relationship to National Freight Transportation

Although MPOs are not mandated to have regional freight plans, OKI shares the United States Department of Transportation Vision for Freight (USDOT).

United States Department of Transportation Vision for Freight: The federal freight transportation system will strengthen our economic competitiveness with safe and reliable supply chains that efficiently and seamlessly connect producers, shippers, and consumers in domestic and foreign markets.

As such, we will continue to provide the strong local support that is critical for achieving mutual statewide and national goals. 

Freight Plan Goals

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Safety

The freight transportation system should provide for reducing the risk of crashes that cause death or injuries for the traveling public; minimizing risks to shipments and property damage; and ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of freight employees.

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Infrastructure Condition

The preservation, maintenance and optimization of the region’s existing freight transportation systems and infrastructure is a core value. The state of good repair is improved through the use of advanced technology, performance management and  innovation.

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Mobility and Reliability

This goal pertains to system performance and how well commodities can move with greater speed and less congestion to improve efficiency. Recommendations that remove freight bottlenecks or add capacity to handle growing freight demand ensure reliable travel times and deliveries.

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Environmental Sustainability

Today greater importance is placed on strategies that promote effective and efficient use of natural resources that reduce adverse environmental and community impacts. Decreasing mobile source emissions, noise pollution, and non-renewable fuel usage exemplify approaches that have a beneficial effect on the region’s quality of life and that promote a more sustainable future.

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Economic Competitiveness

The transportation network is critical to the economic vitality of the region by enabling national and global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency. Harnessing the region’s transportation assets and offering strong performing multi-modal freight options support business retention, expansion and attraction.

View the latest freight data by mode

OKI freight dashboards, interactive maps and apps provide the most current data available for each freight mode. At a minimum, OKI staff update these resources every year.

Freight Infrastructure Dashboards

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