Freight transportation affects every aspect of the Philadelphia metropolitan area and its 353 municipalities. Everyday essentials, such as food, clothes, and energy, are made available by a massive global supply chain that transports goods to market. Freight is a necessary aspect of any vibrant community.
Freight facilities provide a viable source of jobs for local residents as well as high tax revenues for local government. Local governments need these revenues to keep property taxes from rising and to pay for services such as education, trash collection, and police and fire.
Freight jobs typically provide high, family-supporting wages. Recently, the historic U.S. Steel Fairless Works facility in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has been subdivided and redeveloped into various manufacturing sites. Since 2004, the redevelopment has created 3,000 jobs in wind and solar power, biofuels manufacturing, and other areas supporting these sectors.
This brochure has been prepared by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to help local governments and the general public better understand trends and adopt strategies to better manage freight transportation in their communities. As part of a series of municipal implementation tools prepared by DVRPC, this report tackles some local freight issues, such as:
- freight-related land use;
- truck parking and routes;
- air quality; and