Freight Guides and Plans


Northampton County Freight-Based Land Use Management Guide

Northampton County, in partnership with the LVPC, has prepared a Freight-Based Land Use Management Guide to assist municipalities in making land use decisions regarding freight-based development and to alleviate issues that result from these types of land uses. The guide includes a land use tool that municipalities can use to determine the best locations for these types of land uses and mitigate the issues associated with these developments.

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Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Alliance

The Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Alliance is a multi-regional coalition created to write a new freight infrastructure plan for the Lehigh Valley, Northeast Pennsylvania, Lackawanna-Luzerne, Berks County and Lebanon County areas. Encompassing 10 counties and 400 municipalities, the Alliance issued a request for proposals and selected a consultant to begin the planning process in 2022. The Freight Infrastructure Plan will analyze the transportation network and land use among other factors to develop a strategy to better manage freight mobility in Eastern Pennsylvania. The plan is anticipated to be complete in late 2023-2024.

Lehigh Valley Truck Parking Action Plan

Truck parking has become a growing issue nationally, as tractor-trailer drivers scrambling to meet federal driving hours mandates are pulling along roads, onto exit ramps, into unauthorized lots and in some cases into dark, unsafe areas because there is no designated place for them to park while they wait to drop off loads or rest.


This guide describes  the issues, actions and opportunities identified during the virtual event hosted by the Federal Highway Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS).

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Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) Area Freight Study

The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS), as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Lehigh and Northampton County region, initiated this study in response to growing development pressure within the Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) study area. Recent plans conducted by PennDOT indicate that goods movement within the Lehigh Valley is expected to mushroom from a 2011 total of 39 million tons to 75 million tons by 2040. Approximately 90 percent of this freight is being carried by truck, underscoring the importance of the region’s roadway network to the safe and efficient movement of freight.

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MOVELV: Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan

The Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in cooperation with PennDOT, has developed a freight plan for the MPO region that includes Lehigh and Northampton counties. The MPO entered into an agreement with a planning consultant to develop the plan, in conjunction with current work on Pennsylvania’s first-ever Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan (CFMP).

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Freight Studies

Freight Links




Pennsylvania Long Range Transportation + Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan


National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), Report 33.

Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas: A Planning Guide


FHWA – Freight Planning


FHWA – Freight Analysis Framework


FHWA – 2013 Freight Facts and Figures

Freight Advisory Committee


The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) has officially established a Freight Advisory Committee. It is the intent of this Committee to promote and develop a functional and efficient regional freight system and advise the LVTS on all goods movement issues including relevant studies and projects. The Committee will consider the movement of freight to and from manufacturing sites, cities/downtown areas, intermodal facilities, warehouses, and utilities, as well as the region's freight transportation network (i.e., highways, railroads, ports, airports, and pipelines). The emphasis on freight movement and logistics is continuing to evolve and the formation of this Committee follows the adoption of the MOVELV: Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan and the need to plan for and manage relevant infrastructure. The Lehigh Valley Freight Advisory Committee will meet quarterly and work with the LVTS to maximize the region's goods movement capability by sharing information and technology between public and private freight interests, promoting the region's intermodal capabilities and capacity, and developing and implementing a regional goods movement strategy.


Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

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Allentown, PA 18109

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