Freight System Plan

The Washington Freight System Plan examines all modes of freight movement -- including trucks, airplanes, rail, barges and cargo ships.

WSDOT updates every five years; the next update is underway and expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The efficient, safe and reliable transportation of goods throughout Washington is critical to every aspect of economic and community vitality in the Pacific Northwest. The interconnected system of ports, airports, highways, railways and waterways is increasingly a topic of national conversation, as the pandemic affects consumer habits, worker shortages and material shortages. These changes place strain on global supply chains. As a result, consumers are recognizing the complexity of the freight system and its relevance to daily lives.

The state’s multimodal freight system handles almost 600 million tons of cargo annually, worth $677 billion.

Cover of the 2022 Freight System Plan

2022 Freight System Plan

We are developing the 2022 Freight System Plan (FSP), which seeks to build a robust, resilient and safe freight system by:

  • Identifying immediate and long-term freight system needs.
  • Recommending an investment strategy for the system.
  • Outlining policies and programs needed to support new and evolving transportation technology.
  • Incorporating policies and programs to protect communities and the surrounding environment from adverse effects of goods movements.

The FSP identifies the trends, issues and needs that are expected to affect Washington’s freight system and proposes strategies to prepare for the future. Successful implementation of these recommendations will require the collaboration and support of multiple partners, including local, regional, state and federal agencies, tribal nations, ports, railroads, airports and other freight stakeholders. The FSP will highlights the trends and issues described below.

Economic vitality

Economic vitality includes topics such as:

  • Supply chain trends.
  • Sourcing, production and manufacturing.
  • Assembly, inventory and warehousing.
  • Truck driver workforce shortages.
  • Delivery to businesses and consumers.

Preservation

Preservation focuses on the maintenance and preservation needs of roads, freight rail, maritime and aviation infrastructure.

Safety

This covers safety incidents, oil spills and truck parking.

Mobility

Mobility covers the impacts of congestion and capacity, and connectivity issues and opportunities.

Environment

Environment includes climate change, wildlife protection and environmental justice.

Stewardship

Stewardship includes topics related to freight funding, tribal relations, and cooperation and partnership opportunities in the Pacific Northwest region and among state and local agencies.

Get involved

Throughout the spring and summer 2022, WSDOT will seek input and feedback from freight experts, economic leaders, elected officials, business and industry stakeholders, members from diverse  communities, as well as the broader public to build a plan that meets the current and future needs of everyone in Washington state.  

A draft 2022 FSP will be available for public review in Summer 2022 and the final FSP will be published by the end of 2022. 

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NEW! Public survey

Share your experiences and opinions on freight-related issues by participating in a short survey that will help develop the Freight System Plan. Take the survey.

2017 Freight System Plan

This version of the plan is going through the update. 

2017 Washington State Freight System Plan (PDF 15.6MB)

8,683 animals crossed the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area

as recorded by WSDOT and partners in 2020 and 2021.

46% increase in Amtrak Cascades ridership to 251,000 passengers

in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020.

Nine wetland and stream mitigation sites across 32.7 acres added

to our monitoring program in 2021 to help offset climate change impacts.