Special Committee on Freight

AASHTO Liaison
Caroline Kieltyka, Program Manager for Freight


The Special Committee on Freight develops policies regarding legislation, regulation, and other matters related to the safe and reliable movement of goods.  The Special Committee includes representation from all 52 member departments of transportation and provides technical expertise and training for members and other freight-related agencies.

The Special Committee takes a forward-looking view of freight issues and disseminates information and encourages research necessary to achieve identified policy goals. The Special Committee operates as a forum to exchange information regarding freight transportation issues of national concern, including:

  • the relationship between the movement of goods and the natural and built environments, social equity, public health, and the economy;
  • the roles of the private and public sectors;
  • the interconnectivity and resiliency of freight and passenger transportation modes and systems; and
  • interface requirements between airports, highways, ports, railroads, transit systems, and waterways important for freight movement.

The Special Committee addresses issues that cross boundaries between AASHTO councils and promotes the full consideration of multimodal concerns in the whole of AASHTO policy deliberations. As appropriate, the Special Committee advises the various AASHTO modal policy councils of important multimodal freight concerns that should be considered in the formulation of modal policies.

Special Committee on Freight Charter – Approved 2018

Special Committee on Freight Strategic Plan – Approved 2018