Issue / Freight
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.