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Welcome to the Online Open House for the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) Freight Mobility Plan (FMP). The purpose of this Online Open House is to:
This Online Open House format provides you with the opportunity to read the material as at your own pace.
This Online Open House will be live from November 13 through December 17, 2018. All comments received within this period will be considered during the writing of the draft FMP. To stay involved, follow the project through the website, attend FMP events, or contact the project team with questions.
The Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) is the local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the urbanized portion of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, which includes the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole.
FMATS plans for local multimodal transportation system investments that work for the betterment of the community.
The goal of FMATS is to safely and efficiently move goods and people while supporting economic progress, environmental protection, and improved quality of life.
To learn more about FMATS, please download and view the Introduction to FMATS.
What is a Freight Mobility Plan?
What is a Freight Mobility Plan?
A freight mobility plan will:
Why does freight matter to us?
It matters because it is an essential part of our daily lives. Most of the goods consumed in the Fairbanks region are imported from other parts of the State, country, or world. Freight also helps drive the economy by providing employment opportunities for people who manufacture goods, foodstuffs, etc. as well as people involved in the transportation of those materials. It also creates a need for stores to sell those items and so one. A strong freight network is essential for the community.
Freight Plan Vision & Process
The vision statement provides a definitive direction for the Freight Mobility Plan and an aspirational description of what the plan aims to accomplish over the long-term. The vision statement provides guidance about what freight mobility in the Fairbanks area should look like in the future and provides the long-term perspective needed to make decisions on freight-related issues as they arise.
To develop the Freight Mobility Plan, the project team began by reviewing existing plans, collecting data relevant to freight movements, and identifying a vision, goals, and objectives for freight in the Fairbanks area. The results of this effort are documented in the FMP’s Existing Conditions Report.
Next, the project team identified trends, forecasted future freight activity, and evaluated the system’s ability to meet that activity. The results of that analysis is documented in the Future Conditions Report.
Based on that analysis, the project team identified policies, programs, and projects that are needed to ensure the Fairbanks region has the freight infrastructure it needs to successfully move freight to and through the region.
After the potential policies, programs, and projects were identified, a implementation plan was be developed. The implementation plan will describe how each policy, program, and project can go from just existing in the plan to being put into practice.
There are many roads that are critical to the region’s freight infrastructure including:
Local Highways and Roads:
Identification of Freight Movements, Challenges, and Gaps
The project team reviewed currents Fairbanks area plans, conducted data analysis, and participated in stakeholder engagement activities to better understand existing and future freight conditions in the Fairbanks area. The results of this analysis are documented in the Existing Conditions and Future Conditions report.
Freight issues were largely identified through the extensive literature review, data analysis, and forecasting process. Comments received from the stakeholder interview process and public opinion survey were also used to identify specific freight linkages and area issues.
The biggest issues facing freight mobility in the Fairbanks area include:
Integrating freight into the transportation and land use planning discussion is important for many reasons. Freight generating land uses can provide employment opportunities, tax revenue, and provide a variety of goods for local residents. Freight can also have a negative impact on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create environmental justice concerns.
A freight zone refers to a grouping of activities, freight-oriented land uses, and infrastructure associated with freight transportation and related services. Freight activities and land uses can benefit when they are clustered together.
Four freight zones have been identified in the Fairbanks area including:
Regional Truck Routes
While heavy (large) trucks are allowed on most of the roads in the Fairbanks area, the region can benefit from the identification of official freight routes. Designation of these routes will help guide roadway design, and maintenance requirements protect communities, increase safety, reduce neighborhood impacts, and alleviate bottlenecks generated by large trucks. A street that is designated a freight corridor will need to be designed to better handle goods movement, but may not see a need for a change in function or design.
Based on land uses, existing and future truck volumes, and input from stakeholders, a regional freight network for the Fairbanks area was developed. The proposed key freight routes include:
Through the planning process, freight projects and policies were identified, screened and assessed, and recommended for future implementation. This analysis encouraged the identification of the freight infrastructure projects and policies that provide the Fairbanks region with the highest level of increased transportation system performance, regardless of cost. Recommendations for immediate, mid-term, and long-term projects and policies were determined based on the goals developed, and freight trends, future forecasts, and technical studies.
The Freight Mobility Plan recommended a total of 66 capital improvement projects and 18 policies categorized by time frame and priority. The tables shown at right summarize the results of the screening process.
The recommended projects and policies shown here are only some of the projects and policies recommended in the draft Freight Mobility Plan. To view the complete list of recommended projects and polices, please click on the PDF links below:
This FMP includes an implementation plan which provides a framework of action upon which the FMP projects and policies can become reality. The implementation plan focuses on the actions FMATS and its partners should take in the next 5 years to improve freight mobility in the Fairbanks area.
We want to hear from you!
The materials presented in this online open house are based on the draft FMATS Freight Mobility Plan. Your comments will help shape the final plan which will be presented to the FMATS Policy Board for adoption in early 2019.
You can also provide input through our comment form located on the project website and or by email to:
Laurie Cummings, AICP CTP
Thank you for helping improve freight mobility in the Fairbanks region!
What is FMATS?
What is a Freight Mobility Plan?
Freight System Overview
Zones and Corridors
Example Projects & Policies