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.

Waterborne Competitiveness: U.S. and Foreign Investments in Inland Waterways

Want a high level overview of this report? Sign up now for the webinar on June 7 with the authors. The 12,000-mile inland waterways...

House, Senate Advance WRDA Bills Authorizing $31B Texas Megaproject

This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Army Corps of...

Webinar: Waterborne Competitiveness: Comparing U.S. and Foreign Inland Waterways

The 12,000-mile inland waterways network in the United States is a vital trade corridor serving energy, agriculture, and other freight...

Congress Kicks Off Full-Fledged Conference Committee on Economic Competitiveness Bill

The House and Senate kicked off the first formal intercameral conference committee of the current Congress, and the first one in...

Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Hearing Previews Future Rulings

Exacerbated by supply chain bottlenecks and workforce woes, members of Congress expressed their concern with the recent performance of...

Gasoline Prices Rise Again, Diesel Supplies Tightening in Northeast

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on a bill making it a federal crime to sell gasoline at an "unconscionably...

Guest Op-Ed: Why Workforce Development Should Be Included in Freight Transportation Plans

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States’ supply chain system has been strained from significant demand. While some...

Administration Again Proposes Unlikely Cuts in Corps Water Resources Budget

The Biden Administration has proposed cutting the regular annual budget for the water resources program of the U.S. Army Corps of...

Senate Passes Ocean Shipping Bill; Path to Reconciling With House Bill Unclear

Yesterday, the Senate passed legislation (S. 3580) reauthorizing the Federal Maritime Commission and making changes in ocean shipping...

Guest Op-Ed: The Real Danger of Mandatory Reciprocal Switching Is Freight Rail Stagnation

On March 15, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a hearing on a 2016 regulatory proposal that would amend agency policy...

What’s in the FY22 Omnibus: Water Resources Funding

The just-passed fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill contains $8.3 billion in funding for the civil works (a.k.a. water...

Links to the Text of Major Highway and Mass Transit Authorization Laws

Links to the Text of Major Highway and Mass Transit Authorization Laws 2021 IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), a.k.a....

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