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Division of Planning
Statewide Planning & Research

Maritime & Freight Program

A 21st century transportation system requires all modes to work in concert with each other including rail freight and maritime. The objectives of this unit are to look at new ways to integrate and take advantage of Ohio’s vast resources in moving goods within and through Ohio to support a global economy.

Barge on the Ohio River in Cincinnati
Did you know?

  • Ohio is 8th in the nation for total water tonnage moved.
  • Ohio's maritime ports and river terminals handle over 103 million tons of commodities valued at $11 billion worth of cargo per year.
  • The Lake Erie System is responsible for 40.6 million tons of commodities valued at $3.6 billion moving to, from and within Ohio.
  • The Ohio River system is responsible for 63 million tons of commodities valued at $7.4 billion moving to, from and within Ohio.
  • Ohio's Lake Erie and Ohio River ferry boat lines move over one and half million passengers along with hundreds of thousands of freight tons of cargo per year.

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Goals & Objectives

  • Position Ohio as a national leader in water transportation.
  • Provide vision, leadership and advocacy for Ohio maritime interests related to the use of water transportation to get Ohio goods to global markets.
  • Coordinate maritime and freight mobility projects from concept to federal eligibility to construction and everything in between.
  • Promote and facilitate Short Sea Shipping on the Great Lakes.
  • Be a strong advocate for Ohio's Ports and River Terminals and assist them in obtaining additional Federal funding for Maritime projects.
  • Assist the Ohio Department of Development as an advisor for the Logistics & Distribution Stimulus program.
  • Represent ODOT as a member of the Ohio Port Authority Council and participate on AASHTO's Standing Committee on Water Transportation (SCOWT), which recently expanded it's membership to include additional states with maritime activities.

Ohio Maritime Assets Map_____

*Please Note: You will need Google Earth installed on your computer to view this file.

Mark Locker
(614) 466-2347