Freight Roundtable

What is the Freight Roundtable?

The Freight Roundtable is a quarterly forum of public and private stakeholders from across the 8-parish region. Participants are from a variety of institutions and corporations with different responsibilities and interests related to the movement of freight. There are representatives from highway, rail, maritime, air and logistics. The purpose is to share project information, gain mode specific updates, learn about modal problems and concerns, and discuss issues of regional importance to freight.

Mission of the Freight Roundtable

Our mission is to invite and encourage the participation of all freight modes to work across modal lanes in a regional dialogue and to contribute their ideas and opinions on freight needs in order to influence the allocation of funding for freight planning and projects in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). 

In Fall 2021, the RPC released the Freight Profile 2020-2021, which captures existing freight conditions for SE Louisiana. It tells the story of regional freight movements today and it is considered Part I of  the first Regional Freight Mobility Plan.

Click Here to read the full Freight Profile

Freight analysis and discussion, in partnership with New Orleans Freight Roundtable participants, culminated in the 2022 New Orleans Regional Freight Mobility Plan. It will be used as a guiding document for the next five years of freight planning to provide a foundation for policy, projects, and studies that benefit freight.

Draft of the New Orleans Regional Freight Mobility Plan is Now Live!

The RPC is soliciting feedback for the draft plan through September 2022. Please send comments to Karen Parsons, Principal Planner, [email protected] and note in the subject line: New Orleans Regional Freight Mobility Plan Feedback with your name and organization.


  • To bring local freight stakeholders together with Federal, State and local government
  • Facilitate regional dialogue and planning
  • Expand problem identification and identify possible solutions

How to Participate

Meetings are open to the public. We hold quarterly webinars on the 4th Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The next meeting of the Freight Roundtable will be October 26, 2022.

Dates in 2023 are tentatively scheduled for January 25, April 26, July 26, and October 25. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you

If you are interested in participating, email Karen Parsons, Freight Coordinator at [email protected] or click here to fill out an interest form.

Committee Participation Interest Form
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