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.

Trump Team Drafted FY21 BUILD and INFRA Funding Notices with New Transparency Requirements

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Final FY21 Appropriations Provide More Water Infrastructure Funding Increases

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Omnibus Legislation Includes Water Resources, Pipeline Safety Bills

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Year-End Package Extends Rail Tax Credit Forever, Clean Fuel Credits Temporarily

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House Passes WRDA Compromise, but Bill Looks Dead in Senate

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WRDA Bill (Now With Stimulus!), One-Week CR On House Floor This Week

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Mammoth Defense Bill Contains Coast Guard, Maritime, Airport Provisions

Last night, House and Senate negotiators on the annual national defense authorization bill released the final version of this year's...

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End-of-FY20 Report on Aviation, Water Trust Funds

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Webinar Recap: Transportation Spending and Planning in the Time of COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has hammered state and municipal budgets across the United States. A recent analysis from the National League...

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