Building on the Freight Framework Study, MAG began preparation of the Regional Freight Transportation Plan. A central element of the plan is identifying and choosing a 21st-century core roadway freight network. This network would support the region’s growing consumer market, aid industrial development, deliver competitive performance, provide multimodal connections, and accommodate new technologies that may transform the character of transportation in the years ahead. It would also establish, focus, and prioritize the freight-driven investments needed for this region.

What is Smart Moves?

Smart Moves is the federally supported freight network developed by MAG to support businesses and communities and improve efficiencies for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

A freight network is a system of identified routes used by large semi-trucks and single-unit parcel vehicles to transport goods. It includes freight corridors, or designated truck routes, that accommodate existing freight clusters. Concentrated areas of businesses are dependent on these trucks to operate efficiently. Improving the freight network is key to making the region as safe and efficient as possible for residents and businesses.

Freight Corridor Map

Why is This a Smart Move for My Community?

We all benefit from a freight network modeled with modern needs and technology in mind.

Improve Safety Improves safety conditions for residents, workers, and drivers by identifying appropriate roadways and transportation schedules.
Attracts and retains jobs Attracts/retains competitive jobs by moving goods with greater speed and accuracy.
Master Plan Serves as a master plan for identifying future funding, infrastructure projects and economic development. Our modern infrastructure will serve as a model for other cities for years to come.

Smart Moves sets up our community for success today and into the future.



How did MAG Choose These Freight Corridors for Smart Moves?

Data is an essential ingredient in a thoughtfully-designed freight network. Smart Moves was developed utilizing data-driven observations and timely research including commercial, medical, and transport uses such as:

1. Industrial and regional clusters, both existing and forecasted.
2. Key safety concerns, including railroads, schools, and highly-populated areas.
3. Network performance metrics such as average truck speeds and hourly traffic volumes.

The Phoenix Metropolitan Area

The Phoenix Metropolitan Area covered by Smart Moves is represented by the MAG region. This includes parts of Maricopa and Pinal counties and all communities therein.

Learn more about the MAG region here.