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  • 399 million tons of freight is moved through the NYMTC region annually (2007).
  • The NYMTC region expects to increase freight volume (tonnage) by 48 percent through 2040.
  • Trucks carry 86 percent of all freight into, out of, through, and within the NYMTC region.
  • 45.4 million tons of freight moved between the NYMTC region and Northern New Jersey, making that region NYMTC’s largest trading partner by tonnage.  The NYMTC region’s largest trading partner by value is the rest of New York State, which traded $107 billion worth of freight in 2007.
  • The top three commodity groups transported in the region are secondary traffic (which is moves of consumer products to or from warehouses or distribution centers), nonmetallic minerals, and petroleum or coal products.
  • Of the 5.5 million private-sector jobs in the NYMTC region, 1.3 million, or 24 percent, are in freight-intensive industries, such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale or retail trade, and transportation and warehousing. 
  • The NY/NJ region is the nation’s second largest marine port based on number of containers transported, and the nation’s third largest port based on cargo value, and the busiest port on the East Coast. 
  • The NY/NJ region contains the 8th largest air cargo airport in the United States (John F. Kennedy International Airport) by air cargo volume, and is the top international gateway based on cargo value.
  • Nationally, truck and rail freight together are responsible for 40 percent of nitrogen oxides, 31 percent of particulate matter, and 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from all transportation sources.
  • Federal emissions standards for heavy vehicles are expected to reduce tractor-trailer emissions by 20 percent nation-wide between 2014-2018. 


National Freight Mode Share, 2007

National Freight Mode Share

Growth in Freight Nationally, 2007-2040

Growth in freight Nationally

Forecasted Freight Growth in the NYMTC Region by Tons,

Forecasted Freight Growth

Mode Split for the NYMTC Region by Tons, 2007

Mode Split

Trading Partners by Weight, 2007

Trading Partners by Weight


Regional Freight Plan Project

On April 22, 2015, PFAC adopted an Amended Freight Plan to provide updates to the interim update it undertook for the 2014 – 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.

Regional Freight Plan Update:
Interim Plan Summary Report
(1.83 MB)

These modal or subreports focus in more detail on the various modes that either individually or together handle freight. One of these reports, Commodity Flow, reports on the type, amount and destination and origins of the freight
pdf Freight Villages Market Analysis
pdf Truck Trips Analysis Summary
pdf Industry-Specific Logistics
pdf Resource Scan Summary
PDFicon Highway Network
PDFicon Rail Network
PDFicon Ports and Waterborne Network
PDFicon Air Cargo Network
PDFicon Intermodal Network
PDFicon Commodity Flow Analysis
PDFicon Solid Waste Flows


Freight Transportation Made Easier

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The Freight brochure highlights the steps needed to maintain the flow of goods in the future. Aided by pictures and diagrams, the brochure illustrates the importance of freight transportation; pertinent characteristics of freight, including commodities, freight volume and forecasts; how freight is moved; brief facts about some freight facilities; and highlights of ongoing projects, programs and policies.


Get the Big Picture at-a-Glance

infowheelThe Freight Information Wheel is available upon request. It includes major indicators of freight transportation in the NYMTC region on one side and major social-economic indicators on the other side. Freight values, mode shares and tonnages of major commodities through the region are displayed on the 6-inch INFOwheel.

NYCDOT Truck and Commercial Vehicle Homepage

NYSDOT truck page

New York City Department of Transportation provides truck route and regulation information on their webpage. If you a trucker who needs this information click here to access information on truck size, truck weight, parking and routing. Truck route maps are available as downloadable acrobat files or as Geographic Information System files. For more information please contact NYCDOT at only two phone numbers to access City services: 911 for emergencies and 311 for everything else. Outside of New York City please dial 212-NEWYORK 212.639.9675 . The TTY number is 212.504.4115.


Availability and Effectiveness of Truck Rest Stops

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Over 80% of all freight in the tri-state region is transported via truck. The difference is moved through the use of air, rail, and maritime modes but the majority depends on the safe, efficient movement of trucks on public roads. An important component of this network is the efficient placement and adequate availability of truck rest stops to ensure a safe and reliable delivery.

In recent years the location of truck rest stops has come under scrutiny by regional planning agencies within New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut regions. With an expected 47 percent increase in freight traffic in the region, coupled with the need for enhanced services, the demand for rest stops will increase in terms of their location, size and provision of services. 

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NYMTC’s Multi-State Truck Rest Stop Inventory and Assessment Study provides the region with a comprehensive evaluation of existing truck services (official and informal) and a determination of the need to provide either enhanced services of existing stops or the identification of recommended regional improvements. 
Click here to learn more about the project and how to get involved.  For more information, contact Geoffrey Rick at 212.383.7292 or at