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.

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....

Webinar: The Emerging Future of Supply Chains

Many of the goods imported into the U.S. rely on intricate, finely-tuned, international supply chains. When the COVID-19 pandemic...

Port of Long Beach Highlights Dredging Project in T&I’s WRDA Hearing

Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach (POLB), was the port representative on the House Water Resources...

Senate Confirms Balance-Shifting Nominee to Maritime Commission

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Max Vekich to be a member of the Federal Maritime Commission from now until June 30, 2026. Once...

House Spins Wheels Reviewing Autonomous Vehicle Technology

KITT, Herbie, the Batmobile – autonomous vehicles (AVs) have captured the public imagination for decades. Now, they’ve captured the...

House Passes Competitiveness Bill After Adding Ocean Shipping Reform, Other Transportation Provisions

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a giant piece of legislation focusing on U.S. international economic competitiveness by...

Year-End 2021 Stats Show Vast Increase in Container Imports

New data from the Port of Los Angeles released this week make it clear that many "supply chain shortages" are simply the result of...

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