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Cook County Freight Plan

By January 29, 2018November 8th, 2022No Comments

The seven-county Chicago region is at the heart of the North American freight distribution system. Cook County alone has nearly 1,200 miles of freight rail right of way, 80% of the region’s intermodal yards, and handles 80% of the region’s container lifts. Trucks utilize a vast and complex network of interstates, regional arterials, county roads, and local roads to carry nearly 70% of all freight in the region. The goods moved into, out of, and through Cook County have origins and destinations that go far beyond the region, often reaching out to international markets.
Freight transportation has played a critical role in the development and continued prosperity of our region. To support the metropolitan area’s role as North America’s freight capital, the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DOTH) is developing the Cook County Freight Plan (CCFP). The Freight Plan is a key recommendation from Connecting Cook County, the County’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

To view the Cook County Freight Plan Newsletter, click here.