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 as well as people. The Regional Planning Commission, MPO for the eight-parish New Orleans region, established a Freight Roundtable to bring public and private sector freight based entities together to share information, identify needs and inform the MPO planning and project prioritization process. The RPC Transportation Policy Board includes representation from each mode and is the entity with authority for programming federal funding for freight projects. The RPC Freight Roundtable meets quarterly as one of three RPC standing committees. It is open to the public.

Freight Roundtable Meeting Dates

All meetings are 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. Please contact the freight coordinator, Karen Parsons, with any questions or concerns.

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: 504-483-8511