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Moving Products and People in Tennessee


Tennessee in Motion is a monthly column by Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

Most people think of our transportation network as a way to get from point A to point B, but each year 147 million tons of freight traverses our state via trucks, rail cars and barges. In fact, nearly half of Tennessee’s Gross Domestic Product comes from the movement of goods and more than half of statewide employment is in goods-dependent industries. The ability to efficiently move freight on the state’s transportation network is as essential to our economy as a well-trained work force. As Tennessee’s population and economy grow, we must be prepared to address the strains this growth will place on our transportation system.

In the next 25 years freight movement in Tennessee is projected to increase by thirty percent. To accommodate this growth we need to think nationally, regionally and on a multi-modal level (looking at multiple modes of transportation). By linking trucks, rail and waterway transport, freight can be moved more efficiently to, through and from Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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