Building on the MAG Freight Framework Study, MAG conducted the Regional Freight Transportation Plan. The plan identified a core roadway freight network to support the region’s growing consumer market, aid industrial development, deliver competitive performance, provide multimodal connections, and accommodate new technologies. The plan also establishes and prioritizes freight-driven investments needed for the region.

What is Smart Moves?

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

What is a Freight Network?

A freight network is a system of 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 research including:

  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.