What it identifies is a projected 49 percent growth in freight tonnage by 2040 for Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington. Trucks will continue to hold their spot as easily the No. 1 mode of transportation.
The growth is enormous, but it’s also likely considering both national trends and growth locally over the last decade, Weckmueller-Behringer said. By 2040, exports and imports are expected to jump by 212 percent and 264 percent, respectively. That estimate points to more freight moving greater distances as the supply chain expands among global trading partners, the MPO report explains. Overall U.S. freight tonnage is slated to increase 45 percent, with truck freight at the forefront with another 5.6 billion tons in the next 25 years.
The MPO this year completed its 2040 Plan, a strategy for guiding the region’s multimillion-dollar investments in all modes of transportation that move everything from people to products.
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