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2017 State Freight Plan

Freight Plan Executive Summary

2017 Illinois State Freight Plan

The 2017 Illinois State Freight Plan was developed in accordance with freight plan guidelines established in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law in December 2015.  Over 1 billion tons of freight, valued at nearly $3 trillion, was moved to, from, or within Illinois in 2014. Freight movement in Illinois relies on a multimodal network of highways, railroads, waterways, and airports.  The freight plan provides data and analysis on the movement of these goods and also identifies major freight corridors and bottlenecks. Also included is a freight investment plan which shows the projects that will be funded with the freight formula funds provided under the FAST Act.  These projects were selected through the Illinois Competitive Freight Program, which allowed stakeholders to submit freight projects for evaluation using a transparent set of eligibility and scoring criteria.  The finalized freight plan, including the freight investment plan, has been reviewed and approved by the FHWA.