About Freight Planning

The transportation system in the H-GAC supports one of the most vibrant metropolitan economies in the world. Whether delivering packages ordered online or transporting industrial products, the multimodal freight system handles around 2 billion tons of goods every year – a value projected to double by 2045.

As the region’s transportation planning organization, H-GAC supports the maintenance of a low-cost multimodal supply chain through planning for the future of freight, hosting a local freight advisory committee, and providing useful information to government and private-sector freight interests.

Regional Goods Movement Plan

The Draft 2023 Regional Goods Movement Plan Update has been released.

The Regional Goods Movement Plan report presents a long-range plan for the goods movement system in the Houston-Galveston region. The plan is designed to ensure that the region can continue to play a critical role in national and international supply chains while meeting regional economic goals, addressing critical mobility challenges, mitigating impacts on the environment, and contributing to community livability and quality of life.

The plan is the final product of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Regional Goods Movement Study, a multi-year effort to collect data, conduct analysis, and engage with regional stakeholders covering multiple aspects of the region’s goods movement system.

Ports Area Mobility Study

The Regional Goods Movement Plan, completed in 2012, recommended a follow-up study to analyze supply chain connections between the region’s four deepwater ports and emerging markets without having to traverse the dense urban core. This need was also cited in previous TxDOT IH 69 corridor studies, the I-69 Advisory Committee report, and the TxDOT Texas Freight Mobility Plan.

After significant outreach with stakeholders and further coordination with port representatives, H-GAC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in May 2016 for the Ports Area Mobility Study. The purpose of the study is to better understand the supply chains linking the four deepwater ports in the area and identify some locally approved improvement alternatives.

The Ports Area Mobility Study will establish a stronger future for the region’s freight economy by recommending improvements that will better connect the four deepwater ports with emerging population and employment centers.