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.

DOT Releases Updated Highway-Transit-Freight Conditions and Performance Report

A long-awaited new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation was quietly released last week (two years late) and indicates that...

House T&I Committee Holds Joint Hearing on Freight, Setting the Groundwork for Reauthorization

Freight is becoming a more important piece of federal transportation policy. Despite freight’s vital role in the national economy,...

Pipeline Safety Reauthorization Approved by House Committee

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a four-year, $926 million pipeline safety reauthorization bill this week...

History of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

(Some of this material appeared, in earlier form, in the September 9, 2009 issue of Transportation Weekly.) The water...

House Passes Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Spend-Down Bill

Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 2440) that would allow the immediate spending of over $9 billion in...

House to Consider Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Spend-Down Bill Next Week

The House of Representatives is likely to consider H.R. 2440, the "Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act," on the...

CBO Issues Analysis of Nationwide Truck VMT Tax

The Congressional Budget Office today released a new report entitled Issues and Options for a Tax on Vehicle Miles Traveled by...

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:...

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