Business input needed for regional freight system analysis

The Whatcom Council of Governments is looking for feedback from Whatcom County businesses about how the county’s transportation system is working for them. Specifically, the council is interested in county infrastructure for moving freight.

The council posted an online survey at for its analysis, called the Freight System Analysis.

So far, about 75 companies have completed the questionnaire, and the council is hoping to get at least 100 responses, according to a press release. It takes about five minutes to finish the survey, the press release said.

“We’d like as many local companies as possible to assess our region’s freight system and tell us if it’s meeting their particular needs, or not,” Hugh Conroy, director of planning at WCOG, said in the release. “We have quantitative data for things like truck counts on key routes, but we also need more qualitative feedback from the businesses that are receiving deliveries and shipping their products.”

A key question the council seeks to answer is how to ensure that investment in the regional freight system will strike the correct balance between safety, efficiency, economic development, environmental stewardship, and other objectives.

The Freight System Analysis is being funded by the Washington State Department of Transportation under its Regional Transportation Planning program.


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