The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is charged with planning, constructing, and maintaining Oklahoma’s surface transportation infrastructure, including the interstate system, the U.S. highway system, and the Oklahoma highway system. ODOT also manages state-owned freight railroads, and administers other multimodal programs, including passenger rail, rural public transit, and the waterways program.
Oklahoma is characterized by a diverse and growing demographic and economic base. Major industries in Oklahoma include oil and gas, agriculture, aerospace, and manufacturing. The state’s population in 2020 was 3.9 million and is projected to exceed 4.5 million in 2040. The population growth is expected to be strong in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the state’s two large metropolitan areas. Low to moderate growth is forecast in the remainder of the state. Employment growth is forecast in much of the state. Freight miles of travel are expected to fall in line with U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) projections and grow at a rate of slightly over 1 percent per year.
This plan will engage three main groups, the FAC, key private-sector freight stakeholders, and the general public. The FAC and other key private sector stakeholders will be engaged in a more intensive participation program given their direct interaction with the state’s freight network.
The FAC is a group of major stakeholders that have been chosen by ODOT to represent freight stakeholders in various sectors. In consideration of new requirements of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) will be reestablished, and its membership potentially expanded. Building on the FAC that was established in 2016, the Project Team will work with ODOT to identify potential new members. The FAC will serve to advise ODOT on freight-related priorities, issues, projects, and funding. The FAC will be involved in two project update meetings with the Project Team for periodic conversations concerning the project. After these virtual meetings, the general public will have access to the information presented and meeting outcomes on this project website.