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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.

Senate Deciding Whether To Take Up Highway Bill

July 22, 2015 At this hour (late Wednesday afternoon), the Senate is waiting to hold a “re-vote” on a procedural motion to take...

Odds and Ends – January 28, 2015

House T&I Finalizes Subcommittee Roster. Yesterday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee officially approved the...

Senate Rail Hearing Focuses On Pushing Back PTC Deadline

January 28, 2015 Earlier today, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on freight rail...

Sen. Sanders Offers $1 Trillion (??) Infrastructure Bill

January 28, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the new ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee, yesterday introduced...

CBO Baseline For Overall Transportation Spending

January 28, 2015 The primary users of the baseline data from this week’s Congressional Budget Office baseline are the House and...

New CBO Baseline Defines HTF Bailout Needs; Sets Parameters For Surface Reauthorization Bill

January 28, 2015 On Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook. The...

Preparing a Nation for Autonomous Vehicles: Opportunities, Barriers and Policy Recommendations

Preparing a Nation for Autonomous Vehicles: Opportunities, Barriers and Policy Recommendations is the second annual William P. Eno...

Lessons Learned from TIGER Discretionary Grant Program

Lessons Learned from the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program looks at key players involved in the creation and sustaining of the program...

White House Again Proposes Unlikely Cuts in Corps of Engineers Funding

February 4, 2015 Once again, the White House and Congress have a fundamental difference of opinion over how much money the U.S. Army...

Slight Cuts in Coast Guard Budget Request for FY 2016

February 4, 2015 The President’s budget request for 2016 includes a slight cut in the United States Coast Guard budget, from...

Administration Proposes Revised 6-Year, $478 Billion GROW AMERICA Surface Reauthorization

February 4, 2015 President Obama proposed a six-year, $478.3 billion surface transportation spending plan as part of his fiscal 2016...

President Submits $94.7 Billion FY16 USDOT Budget

February 4, 2015 The budget request for fiscal 2016 for much of the Department of Transportation is hard to separate from the...

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