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.

T&I Leaders Introduce New Harbor Maintenance Funding Bill

May 3, 2019 This week, the bipartisan leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a bill (H.R....

House Hearing Pushes Case For Unlocking Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

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PHMSA Faces Pressure From Congress to Implement Pipeline Safety Mandates

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The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Markup: Funding Safe and Resilient Transportation Systems

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The FY20 Budget: Transportation Security

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Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 25, 2019

Tuesday, March 26 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing on investment in...

The FY20 Budget: USDOT Competitive Grant Programs

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FY20 Budget Again Calls to Cut Water Infrastructure Funding by One-Third

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President’s FY20 Budget Cuts DOT Appropriations $4.8 Billion, Meets FAST Act HTF Spending Targets, Keeps $200B Infrastructure Placeholder

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