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As the economy grows, so does the volume of freight. Expanding supply chains, just in time deliveries, and increasing competition has made freight demand expand faster than population growth, with over 50 million tons move every day. Freight moves on truck, train, barge, and plane, with each mode responsible for carrying different goods in an interrelated freight network. Federal grant programs aim to target funding to freight bottlenecks and intermodal connectors while also supporting experiments in drone delivery. At the local level, policymakers are placing emphasis on better managing curb space, reducing emissions, and more efficiently using space to deliver packages, food, and other essentials.

1999 Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act

Text of Public Law 106+159, the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, which established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

1995 National Highway System Designation Act

Text of Public Law 104-59, the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995.

1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act

Text of Public Law 97-424, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, which increased federal motor fuels taxes from 4 cents...

FY 1923 Post Office Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 244 of the 67th Congress. The first-ever creation of contract authority occurred in this act, as the Congressional...

New Congress Convenes, Starts Considering Bills Immediately

January 7, 2015 The 114th Congress convened for the first time yesterday, with new members being sworn in and the other formalities...

Cost of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bills Drops Slightly in New CBO Forecast

September 10, 2015 Over the August recess, the Congressional Budget Office (in consultation with the Joint Committee on Taxation)...

In the Spotlight: Mantill Williams

Mantill Williams is the Director of Advocacy Communications at theAmerican Public Transportation Association (APTA). Prior to his...

July 27, 2015 11:34 p.m. – Senate Invokes Cloture on DRIVE Act

The U.S. Senate has voted, 62 to 32, to invoke cloture on the DRIVE Act (the surface transportation reauthorization bill offered as...

Senate Hearing Examines Technology’s Evolving Role in Transportation

July 9, 2015 On July 7, 2015, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety...

House Panel Unveils FY16 Homeland Appropriations Bill

July 9, 2015 Earlier today, a House subcommittee approved a draft appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 that would spend $40.9...

McConnell Says HTF Legislation Could Come to Senate Floor As Early As Next Week – Scope, Duration Unknown

July 9, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) surprised Capitol Hill yesterday by telling reporters that Highway Trust...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 1626. the Senate Passenger Rail Bill, As Introduced

Please see the amendments adopted in the Commerce Committee on June 25, summarized elsewhere in this issue, for changes to the...

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