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.

Click here to read the 2022 New Orleans Regional Freight Mobility Plan, adopted October 11, 2022.


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

2024 Meeting Dates

The Freight Roundtable will resume meetings in 2024. The following meeting dates are scheduled:

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Wednesday, October 23, 2024

All meetings are normally held in the large conference room at the Regional Transportation Management Center located at 10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124. Meetings begin at 9:00 am unless otherwise noted.

How to Participate

If you are interested in participating in future Freight Roundtable meetings or wish to meet one-on-one to discuss your concerns, please email Karen Parsons, Freight Coordinator at [email protected] or call 504-483-8511

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