Planning for the movement of freight through the Jackson Urbanized Area (JUA) and the State of Mississippi is essential when projecting future transportation needs. The efficient transportation of consumer goods is vital to the economy of the country as a whole, all the way down to local communities in each state. Replacing structurally deficient bridges, improving roadway surface conditions and increasing capacity on congested transportation thoroughfares are all critical factors for improving freight movement in the JUA. A freight component is included in the traffic simulation model used by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Jackson MPO to plan for future increased freight movement and its potential impact on the transportation network. The Jackson MPO serves as a member of the Mississippi Freight Advisory Committee and provides input from a regional planning perspective on freight movements in the JUA.