Freight

Issues & Modes / Freight

As the American economy grows, so does the volume of freight. Expanding supply chains, just-in-time deliveries, and increasing competition means freight demand has grown faster than the population. Over 50 million tons of freight move across the U.S. transportation network every day on truck, train, barge, pipeline, and plane, with each mode responsible for carrying different goods in an interrelated 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 managing curb space, reducing emissions, and more efficiently using space to deliver packages, food, and other essentials.

Federal Judge Finds Rhode Island’s Truck Tolls on Interstate Bridges Unconstitutional

A federal judge this week ruled that Rhode Island's system of bridge tolls on heavy trucks is an unconstitutional restriction on...

Senate Confirms Hutcheson to Head FMCSA

The U.S. Senate yesterday afternoon confirmed the nomination of Robin Hutcheson to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

Railroad Strike Averted (For Now)

After some cajoling from the Biden Administration and an all-night negotiating session, the leaders of the remaining holdout railroad...

DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in FY22 INFRA Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday announced the fiscal 2022 recipients of grants under the INFRA program first...

House Hearing Outlines Need to Resolve Interagency Disputes for Enforcing Cargo Preference

On September 12, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly issued a report critiquing the U.S. Maritime...

What Happens If Congress Blocks the Railroad Strike?

Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, said Congress could still pass a bill extending the cooling-off period....

Webinar: The Role of Technology in Modernizing Supply Chains

The freight transportation sector has always been a leader in leveraging new technologies to improve operational speed, efficiency, and...

Senate Releases FY23 Corps of Engineers Funding While Passing WRDA Bill

Yesterday, the Senate took two separate steps forward on funding and policy direction for the water resources program of the U.S. Army...

Senate WRDA Bill to Get Floor Vote Before August Recess

The U.S. Senate agreed yesterday to schedule a vote on passage of the biennial water resources development bill before the Senate...

Waterborne Competitiveness Study Analyzes Global River Systems

Funding of the U.S. inland waterways system has gotten “a lot better over the past decade or two,” Lewis said. “The U.S....

House Panel Gives $546M Boost to Water Resources Appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee has released a draft bill that increases the regular budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers'...

Biden Signs Ocean Shipping Reform Bill

Yesterday, President Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill (S. 3580) amending federal laws relating to ocean shipping. The Senate...

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