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.

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...

New Navigation Projects Will Receive $3.4 Billion of Initial IIJA Port and Waterways Allocations

The White House this week announced that $10.5 billion of the funding for the Army Corps of Engineers water resources program from the...

House Panel Looks at Seaport Cybersecurity and CBP Staffing

This week, the House Homeland Security’s subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations held a hearing entitled...

Former NACTO President Hutcheson Replaces Joshi at FMCSA

With Meera Joshi headed to New York City to be a Deputy Mayor, it was announced this week that Robin Hutcheson will be replacing Joshi...

White House Releases Plan to Address Truck Driver Shortage

This week, the White House released an "action plan" for the Biden Administration to address the oft-discussed truck driver shortage...

“Where’s The Beef?” Supply Chain Issues Centennial Recap

Many of the goods imported into the U.S.—all told worth around $3 trillion—rely on intricate, finely-tuned international supply...

Exporters and Industry Representatives Testify at Senate Commerce Hearing on Supply Chain Issues

On Tuesday, December 7, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation,...

Guest Op-Ed: Rethinking the Truck Driver Shortage

Many major media outlets such as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times recently reported that the nation's global supply...

Supply Chain Logjam Is Subject of Another House Hearing

On November 17th, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing entitled “Industry and Labor Perspectives: A...

How the House spending bill funds additional infrastructure

The five years of funding in the infrastructure law, as tallied by Jeff Davis, would flow to states and be shaped by local needs,...

Infrastructure Act Focus Shifts to Rolling Out the Funds

Jeff Davis, Eno Center for Transportation senior fellow, says that $59 billion in apportioned 2022 highway funding—up $13.8 billion,...

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