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.

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Offered in the House but Not Adopted

Blackburn (TN) amendment making a 1 percent cut in each amount made available by the bill – failed by a roll call vote of 163...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Adopted by the House of Representatives

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President Nominates Rail, Pipeline/Hazmat Administrators

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Transportation-Related Amendments Offered to the FY16 THUD Bill in the House on June 3

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Senate Appropriations Hands Out FY 2016 Spending Allocations

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Senate Action on 2-Month Extension May Be Last Pre-Recess Business

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House Panel Approves FY16 USDOT Budget

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House Committee Approves FY16 Homeland Appropriations Bill

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House Passes FY16 Corps of Engineers Funding

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DOT Issues Long-Awaited Rail Car Rule

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