Our Region’s Freight

The New Orleans region is fortunate to be the most southern urbanized area on the Mississippi River. Due to its location, there are five major ports, six class I railroads and one public short line railroad, two major airports and four interstate roadways.

See the First New Orleans Regional Freight Plan

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.


Federal law requires that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) conduct transportation planning activities to support the movement of freight. The Regional Planning Commission, MPO for the eight-parish New Orleans region, established a Freight Roundtable in 2014 to bring public and private sector freight based entities together to share information, identify needs and inform the MPO planning and project prioritization process. With the expertise and commitment of Roundtable participants, the 2022 New Orleans Regional Freight Mobility Plan was created and subsequently adopted by the Transportation Policy Committee in October 2022.

Freight Roundtable Meeting Dates

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

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.

Karen Parsons, Principal Planner and Freight Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: 504-483-8511