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.

Administration Proposes Revised 6-Year, $478 Billion GROW AMERICA Surface Reauthorization

February 4, 2015 President Obama proposed a six-year, $478.3 billion surface transportation spending plan as part of his fiscal 2016...

President Submits $94.7 Billion FY16 USDOT Budget

February 4, 2015 The budget request for fiscal 2016 for much of the Department of Transportation is hard to separate from the...

Reps. Hahn, Poe Re-Introduce Freight Fund Legislation

February 19, 2015 Last July, while many transportation enthusiasts were closely watching the unfolding drama of...

Commerce Hearing Addresses Transpo Network Performance Issues

February 4, 2015 Last week on January 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation’s Subcommittee on...

Foxx Testifies At House T&I On Need For GROW AMERICA Act

February 11, 2015 This morning, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing on surface transportation...

New FRA Report Details PTC Implementation Woes

August 12, 2015 Last Friday afternoon, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) submitted a report to Congress detailing the...

State of the Union, Other Announcements Preview Admin. Transportation Agenda Including New Bonds

January 21, 2015 President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress last night and once again...

House Passes Compromise FY15 Homeland Approps. Bill With Veto-Bait Immigration Riders

January 14, 2015 The House of Representatives earlier today passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal...

New FHWA Analysis Shows Devolution “TEA” Bill Requires $50 Billion in Additional Trust Fund Bailout Money

January 14, 2015 A recent Federal Highway Administration analysis (performed at Congressional request) of the “devolution”...

Decline in U.S. Shipbuilding Industry: A Cautionary Tale of Foreign Subsidies Destroying U.S. Jobs

Today there is growing concern over the impact of subsidies by some foreign governments on U.S. airlines and the entire U.S....

1965 Moyers Memos to Develop 1966 Transportation Legislative Proposals

August 6, 2015 Fifty years ago today, Presidential adviser Bill Moyers convened a meeting of White House staff with representatives...

FY19 HTF Shutdown Fits In Well With Tradition of HTF Bill “Triggers”

July 22, 2015 The new version of the Senate DRIVE Act provides $343 billion in Highway Trust Fund contract authority over the...

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