This report identifies a number of opportunities and challenges for the Illinois freight transportation system.
Freight hubs are essential to Illinois’ position in the
business logistics system. Originally because of its
waterways, and then because industry and modal networks developed on similar patterns, Illinois is a national freight crossroads, bearing goods traffic from all directions.
This report represents the freight mobility component of the Illinois State Transportation Plan, Including an analysis of Illinois freight traffic by mode, industrial commodity, and
geography, for a 2010 base year with a 2040 forecast; potential market trends affecting this traffic; and, findings from prior studies of or involving freight transportation from around the State.