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Freight and Livability

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      Getting goods to people safely and efficiently Getting goods to people and businesses is an essential part of building stronger regional economies, increasing community quality of life, and maintaining the nation’s role in a global economy. While freight movement can impact livability and community quality of life, careful planning can help balance freight and livability needs. Communities can be aesthetically pleasing, safe, and walkable, while still providing efficient access for large trucks, rail lines, and other modes of transportation. The HUD-DOT-EPA livability principles call for enhancing economic competiveness, through reliable and timely access to jobs and services, and expanded business access to markets, as well as for supporting existing communities and valuing communities and neighborhoods. 1 American businesses transported over 16 billion tons of raw materials and finished goods in 2009, with a value of $14.6 trillion, with steady growth expected over the next several decades. 2 Coordinated planning to maintain economic competiveness includes identifying appropriate transportation investments to move goods through ports, and in and out of manufacturing and warehousing districts, while minimizing impacts on adjacent communities. Planning for this growth –and the associated ports, shipping, warehousing, and manufacturing jobs– requires balancing the location and design of facilities for goods movement with context-sensitive design of multimodal transportation networks at the community and neighborhood level.
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