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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 Passes FY16 Budget After 16-Hour “Vote-a-Rama” Session

April 2, 2015 The Senate passed its fiscal 2016 budget plan (S. Con. Res. 11) in the wee hours of Friday morning, March 27, after a...

Senate Committee OK’s Freight Rail Regulation; PTC Deadline Extension Bills

March 26, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee yesterday approved two significant pieces of freight rail...

CBO Says GROW AMERICA Grows Much More Slowly Than USDOT Says

March 19, 2015 Last week, when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its re-estimate of the President’s budget request...

CBO Releases Details of HTF, AATF Future Tax Receipts

March 19, 2015 Buried within the supporting data of the Congressional Budget Office’s new baseline are the detailed assumptions...

Supreme Court Rules Amtrak Is A Governmental, Not Private, Entity

March 11, 2015 On Monday, for the second time in two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in a railroad case. In U.S. DOT...

Treasury Releases 5-Year Projections For Other Trust Funds

March 11, 2015 The President’s budget, released last month, gave long-term cash flow forecasts for the largest federal trust fund...

McConnell Substitute Changes EPW, Commerce Bill Provisions

July 22, 2015 Here are what appear to be the main changes in the EPW and Commerce portions of the bill from the time that the...

Supreme Court Examines Diesel Fuel Tax Discrimination Against Railroads

March 5, 2015 The Supreme Court ruled today that states cannot tax railroads if the state tax regime exempts certain modes of...

New CBO Report Analyzes Long-Term Public Infrastructure Spending Trends

March 5, 2015 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week released a new report entitled Public Spending on Transportation...

Senate Holds Motor Carrier Safety Oversight Hearing

March 5, 2015 A hearing this morning before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee explored the Federal Motor...

Tension Between Administration and Congress Over Corps of Engineers Water Project Funding Continues

February 19, 2015 At a matched pair of hearings on February 11, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees once again...

House Hearing Examines Transportation of Oil by Rail

February 11, 2015 On February 3, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and...

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