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.

1956 Treasury Secretary Letter to Harry Byrd on Pay-As-You-Build Highways

This PDF is a copy of a letter from Treasury Secretary George Humphrey to Senate Finance Committee chairman Harry Byrd (D-VA), dated...

The St. Lawrence Seaway and Federal Maritime Policy Under President Eisenhower

(Clicking on hyperlinks in the text will take you to original source documents, many of which are from the Eisenhower Library or other...

1955 “Weeks Report” – Revision of Federal Transportation Policy

This is the version of the "Weeks Report" of the President's Advisory Committee on Transport Policy and Organization, as released to...

Cabinet Meeting of January 28, 1955

This 12-page PDF document contains three items relating to the Cabinet Meeting of January 28, 1955: Cabinet Paper 6/1, dated...

December 1954 Cabinet Meeting on Railroad Policy

This is a 39-page PDF file relating to the Cabinet meeting of December 17, 1954 where the initial draft of the "Weeks Report" (the...

1958 Eisenhower Administration Statement of Railroad Policy

This is a PDF file of the records of the Cabinet meeting of March 28, 1958 and its results. The 33-page PDF contains copies of the...

Webinar: Promoting Resiliency Across the Global Supply Chains

Supply chain and logistics professionals are constantly adapting to technological and socioeconomic shifts in the mobility landscape....

Senate Passes Pipeline Safety Reauthorization Bill

Last night, the U.S. Senate quietly passed a three-year pipeline safety reauthorization bill (S. 2299) by unanimous consent, without...

House Passes Biennial Water Resources Bill

The House of Representatives passed the biennial water resources development bill (H.R. 7575) this week by voice vote after perfunctory...

House Adds Coast Guard, Maritime Bills to Defense Authorization

On July 21, the House of Representatives passed a $734 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2021, after amending the bill...

Biennial (and Bipartisan) Water Resources Bill Approved by House Panel

Weeks after the panel muscled a partisan surface transportation bill through the markup process, the House Transportation and...

Webinar: State of the Industry: Freight Rail in 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on consumer-facing industries, like aviation or retail, has received great coverage in the press and in the...

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