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.

Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Spending Exceeded Deposits in FY19 for First Time in Over 30 Years

The just-ended fiscal year 2019 appears to be the first year since 1988 where the year-end unexpended balance in the Harbor Maintenance...

Senate Panel OK’s $7.75B for Corps of Engineers in FY20

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $48.9 billion Energy and Water Development appropriations bill for fiscal...

DOT Issues Amendments to Truck/Bus Driver Hours of Service Rules

This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a proposed rule that would implement some long-expected...

As 2020 Deadline Looms, Railroads Face PTC Implementation Challenges

August 1, 2019 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened for a hearing on July 31 regarding the current...

House Climate Panel Debates Technology Investments in the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Sector

July 19, 2019 On July 16,  the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing entitled “Solving the climate crisis:...

House Hearing Looks at Trucking Workforce, Safety Concerns

June 13, 2019 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on Wednesday, June 12....

Shippers Voice Concern Over Poor Railroad Communications, Access Charges

July 25, 2019 The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a “Railroad Shippers Roundtable” on...

GAO Repeats Its Call for a More Transparent, Consistent Selection for INFRA Grants

This week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $856 million in new federal grants for transportation projects through its...

USDOT Announces 20 More INFRA Grants for FY19

July 25, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the recipients of the fiscal year 2019 round of INFRA grant...

House T&I Approves Coast Guard Authorization, Amtrak Vaping Ban

This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a two-year Coast Guard reauthorization bill and a bill...

House Hearing Examines Rail Workforce Issues

At the June 20 hearing of the House Railroads Subcommittee on “The State of the Rail Workforce,” witnesses and Democratic members...

Subcommittee Shows Support for Shoring up Short Sea Shipping

June 21, 2019 On June 19, The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime...

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