The Office of Freight Management and Operations works to improve goods movement on the U.S. transportation system and across our borders. To advance this mission, the Office administers programs and activities including:
- National Freight Program implementation: Develop and update guidance; coordinate reviews of State Freight Plans and certification of Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors; manage mapping activities for the National Highway Freight Network, Primary Highway Freight System, and highway elements of the National Multimodal Freight Network; and conduct freight conditions and performance reporting.
- Funding Programs: Oversee the federal aid apportionments for the National Highway Freight Program (formula program for State DOTs). Manage FHWA freight-related discretionary grant programs, including application reviews and grant oversight/implementation for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Program, formerly known as the TIGER Program, and the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program, formerly known as the FASTLANE or the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program. Conduct oversight of legacy programs including Projects of National and Regional Significance, National Corridor Infrastructure Improvement, Freight Intermodal Distribution Pilot, and Truck Parking Facilities Program.
- Freight Data and Analysis: Develop new and improved analytical tools and data to support freight planning and prioritization, including the Freight Analysis Framework; bottlenecks identification; performance measurement; reliability on the Interstate Highway System; supply chain fluidity analysis; intermodal connectors analysis; etc.
- Freight Planning, Program Development, and Partnerships: Assist transportation and planning professionals in developing freight knowledge and skills, including through the compilation of best practices in urban goods movement, truck permitting/pilot car/oversize-overweight vehicles, emergency routing; and leadership in truck parking solutions through the management of the National Coalition on Truck Parking and administration of the Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey and Assessment; partnership and peer-to-peer activities in corridor planning, off-hours delivery, and other topics.
- Research: Initiate projects to support strategic focus areas of truck size and weight; freight infrastructure; network efficiency; automation; and environmental considerations of freight operations.
- Vehicle Size and Weight Regulatory Requirements: Certify state compliance with Federal size and weight standards for commercial motor vehicles. Provide information on state enforcement activities, reporting requirements, state truck permitting contacts, and Stafford Act authorities in the event of a Presidentially declared emergency. Handle requests for technical assistance relating to length requirements on the National Network and weight requirements on the Interstate Highway System.
Together, these activities and more support public and private actions that are improving goods movement in the US, as well as greater understanding of freight transportation issues and trends; fostering of public/private partnerships and engagement; and education and training of freight transportation professionals.
Established in 1999, the Office of Freight Management and Operations is part of the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Operations. The Office of Operations advocates a 21st century transportation system operating culture using 21st century technologies to improve the performance of the transportation system to meet customer needs.