This site is best viewed at 100% or less screen view on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You may begin navigating through this Online Open House by using the arrows on the left and right of your screen. You may also use the buttons at the top of your screen. If you have a visual impairment, you may click here to view a text version of this Online Open House.
Welcome to the Online Open House for the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transpiration System (FMATS) Freight Mobility Plan. The purpose of this Online Open House is to show the importance of freight mobility, share information about the existing freight system, and ask for input regarding freight issues and needs that should be addressed over the next 20 years.
This Online Open House format provides you with the opportunity to read the material as quickly or slowly as you like as well as make comments immediately or later, after you have had a chance to think about the issues.
This Online Open House will be live from May 17 to June 30, 2016. All comments received by the FMATS team within this period will be considered during the writing of the Existing Conditions Report.
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 visit Introduction to FMATS.
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.
A freight mobility plan will:
To develop the Freight Mobility Plan, the project team will start 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 will be documents in the FMP’s Existing Conditions Report.
Next, the project team will identify trends, forecast future freight activity, and evaluate the system’s ability to meet that activity. The results of that analysis will be documented in the Future Conditions Report.
Based on that analysis, the project team will then identify 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 have been identified, an implementation plan will 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.
The FMP started in late 2015. The Existing Conditions Report is expected to be available during the summer of 2016 with the Future Conditions Report is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2016. The project team anticipates having the draft FMP available for public review by the end of 2016. In early 2017, the FMP will be brought to the FMATS Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Committee for their review and eventual adoption of the plan.
The Project Team is currently identifying existing freight conditions in the Fairbanks area.
To identify freight movement challenges and gaps, the project team is reviewing existing plans and initiatives such as the FMATS Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the Fairbanks International Airport Master Plan, and the Alaska State Rail Plan.
The team is also conducting data collection and analysis. Information that is being collected includes the existing freight network, freight volumes moved by different modes, the percent of trucks traveling on certain roadways, accidents involving large trucks, and more.
The project team is also conducting stakeholder interviews, hosting a public opinion survey, and seeking input from the general public.
Freight System Overview
The FMATS MTP identified the following routes as critical freight infrastructure:
Data and Trends - 1
The Alaska Statewide Long Range Transportation Policy Plan (2008) estimated that freight volumes will reach 21 million tons by 2020. The 2045 Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) prepared by the Federal Highway Administration data suggests increases up to 90 million tons statewide (include within/to/from movements). In Alaska, FAF data is only available at the state level.
The FAF version 4 reflects the 2015 Commodity Flow Survey conducted as a part of the US Economic Census. This is the most up-to-date version of the data, so the data was used for statewide analysis in the FMS. It is important to note that the FAF data represents statewide flows and this data must also be reviewed with on-the-ground knowledge. Because Alaska is geographically separated from the 48 contiguous states and only 31% of the state’s 15,178 miles of roadway are paved, mode split is not as truck- or rail-heavy as in other states.
According to the 2015 data, by weight, water and truck cargo comprise high percentages of the domestic mode share, 53% and 26% respectively. Domestically, most tonnage is moved by water (53%) followed by truck (26%). By value, more freight is moved by water (36%) followed by air (27%) and truck (16%).
In 2015, by weight, Alaska’s top export was crude petroleum at approximately 40,730 thousand tons by a substantial amount. The second commodity was articles – base metal at 103.50 thousand tons. Alaska’s top import by weight was also crude petroleum at 5,675.61 thousand tons followed by mixed freight at 697.59 thousand tons.
Data and Trends - 2
By value in 2015, crude petroleum was also the top export at 27.3 billion ( Figure 2). It was followed by electronics ($7.8 billion) and miscellaneous manufactured goods (2.5 billion). As shown in Figure 3, the top imported commodity by value was electronics ($6.7 billion) followed by crude petroleum (3.7 billion) and transport equipment (3.7 billion). The top commodities moving within the state included mixed freight, electronics, and machinery.
How to get Involved
Please take a moment to complete Public Opinion Survey to help us identify existing freight concerns and future needs.
For more information, contact:
HDR Project Manager
Thank you for helping improve freight mobility in the Fairbanks region!
What is FMATS?
Challenges and Gaps
Freight System Overview
How to get