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Freight Planning

The Freight Planning Section

The Freight Planning Section develops strategies, policies, and methodologies that work to improve the freight transportation system in Nevada.

The planning process must consider access to ports, airports, intermodal transportation facilities, major freight distribution routes, and enhancement of the efficient movement problem areas, as determined in cooperation with appropriate private sector involvement, including but not limited to, addressing interconnected transportation access and service needs of intermodal facilities. Nevada recognized the importance of freight planning many years ago in conducting one of the early statewide goods movement studies in the nation.

The Goods Movement Study report summarized Nevada’s initial attempt to examine the state’s freight transportation system, with an eye on how to best utilize Nevada’s freight strengths in the economic development and economic diversification process. The Freight Planning section continues to coordinate public-private, state-local, and state-federal freight transportation investment decisions and activities on a statewide basis. Promoting economic development and related job growth requires regional economies to maintain existing business and attract new ones.

Access to efficient freight transportation is a key element in business site selection. Competing in the global market environment has raised the importance of efficient, reliable supply chains and the transport systems they rely upon. Freight transportation plays a critical role in company decisions about site selection and expansion. Diversifying Nevada’s economy remains a key theme for economic development in the state, and taking advantage of Nevada’s modal transportation assets is a part of the state’s strategic plan for supporting economic development and by providing a better transportation system for Nevada through our unified and dedicated efforts

  • Nevada State Freight Plan (currently under development) will identify potential infrastructure improvements and/or polices to facilitate efficient freight movement throughout the State of Nevada, with the ultimate goal of providing the state with a competitive advantage that will result in a growing and diversifying economy.
  • Commercial Truck Parking In Nevada presents a series of maps and information on available truck parking and facilities on major highways that cross the State. This information is updated as information changes or becomes available.
  • Freight Assessment Project (2013) completed an initial freight assessment study preparatory to developing a new Nevada State Freight Plan. This effort included the evaluation of recent planning efforts to identify issues, concerns, and opportunities regarding freight movement in the state, as well as to determine the effectiveness of any previous recommendations that have been implemented. The assessment also evaluated the freight industry from an economic perspective and identified areas for potential growth and development.
  • The Goods Movement Study (2000) report summarized Nevada’s initial attempt to examine the state’s freight transportation system, with an eye on how to best utilize Nevada’s freight strengths in the economic development and economic diversification process.

For further information, please contact:

Nevada Department of Transportation
Freight Planning Section

1263 S. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89712
Toll Free Outside Carson City 1-800-992-0900

Bill Thompson, Freight Program Manager
Phone 775-888-7354 
Email:Freight Contact