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.

July 27, 2015 11:34 p.m. – Senate Invokes Cloture on DRIVE Act

The U.S. Senate has voted, 62 to 32, to invoke cloture on the DRIVE Act (the surface transportation reauthorization bill offered as...

Senate Hearing Examines Technology’s Evolving Role in Transportation

July 9, 2015 On July 7, 2015, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety...

House Panel Unveils FY16 Homeland Appropriations Bill

July 9, 2015 Earlier today, a House subcommittee approved a draft appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 that would spend $40.9...

McConnell Says HTF Legislation Could Come to Senate Floor As Early As Next Week – Scope, Duration Unknown

July 9, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) surprised Capitol Hill yesterday by telling reporters that Highway Trust...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 1626. the Senate Passenger Rail Bill, As Introduced

Please see the amendments adopted in the Commerce Committee on June 25, summarized elsewhere in this issue, for changes to the...

Senate Commerce Panel Approves Passenger Rail Bill

June 25, 2015 In a mark-up session on June 25th, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1626, a...

Senate Finance Panel Explores HTF Options at Hearing

June 25, 2015 On June 18, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing exploring the funding challenges associated with the future of...

Section-by-Section Summary of the DRIVE Act (S. 1647) As Reported From the EPW Committee

TITLE I – FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A – Authorizations and Programs Sec. 1001. Authorization of appropriations. Authorizes...

Senate Public Works Panel Approves 6-Year, $278 Billion Highway Bill: Now They Wait For Someone Else To Fund It

June 25, 2015 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday approved, by a unanimous vote of 20 to 0, a highway...

Waiting Game on Highways Continues

June 18, 2015 Highway stakeholder groups are anxiously awaiting the release of a bipartisan bill negotiated by the senior members of...

Senate Hearing Examines 12/31/2015 Positive Train Control Deadline

June 11, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on June 10th about passenger rail safety,...

Highway “Devolution” Bill Introduced

June 11, 2015 The latest iteration of legislation to “devolve” most federal surface transportation programs back to state and...

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