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Illinois State Freight Plan

Freight transportation in Illinois is a key driver of the state’s economy and is integral to the global system of trade, despite being in the interior of the continent. Intermodal service is a principal advantage that Illinois brings to supply chain businesses; this advantage helps drive the state’s economy. Businesses are dependent on moving agricultural products, raw materials, and finished products efficiently. This requires an integrated system of freight transportation and Illinois’ transportation network and freight services provide a full range of options.

Current Illinois State Freight Plan

The Illinois 2023 State Freight Plan was developed in accordance with federal guidelines for state freight plans as outlined in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Illinois is a vibrant and thriving hub for freight, with 147,000 miles of roadway, over 10,000 miles of railroad tracks, 1,118 miles of navigable waterways, and numerous airports, pipeline, and other facilities carrying goods across the State. In 2019, about 1.6 billion tons ($2.5 trillion dollars) of freight flowed into, out of, and through Illinois. According to the FHWA, Illinois is the third busiest freight state when measured by value, and fourth when measured by tonnage.

The Illinois 2023 State Freight Plan sets a vision and goals for freight; provides data and analysis on the movement of goods; identifies major freight corridors, needs, and opportunities on the freight system; and examines linkages between freight, equity, and the environment. The plan also includes a freight investment program, identifying projects that will be funded with the freight formula funds provided under IIJA. This plan builds upon work that was done in Illinois’ 2017 State Freight Plan.

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