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.

Foxx Defends DOT FY16 Budget Before Senate Appropriators

April 22, 2015 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx defended his department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request before a...

House Subcommittee OK’s FY16 Corps of Engineers Water Project Budget

April 16, 2015 Earlier today, a House subcommittee approved a bill providing $5.6 billion in appropriations for the water resources...

House-Senate FY16 Budget Talks Begin

April 16, 2015 House-Senate negotiations on the fiscal 2016 budget blueprint have begun in earnest, with the House appointing a team...

Senate Passes FY16 Budget After 16-Hour “Vote-a-Rama” Session

April 2, 2015 The Senate passed its fiscal 2016 budget plan (S. Con. Res. 11) in the wee hours of Friday morning, March 27, after a...

Senate Committee OK’s Freight Rail Regulation; PTC Deadline Extension Bills

March 26, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee yesterday approved two significant pieces of freight rail...

CBO Says GROW AMERICA Grows Much More Slowly Than USDOT Says

March 19, 2015 Last week, when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its re-estimate of the President’s budget request...

CBO Releases Details of HTF, AATF Future Tax Receipts

March 19, 2015 Buried within the supporting data of the Congressional Budget Office’s new baseline are the detailed assumptions...

Supreme Court Rules Amtrak Is A Governmental, Not Private, Entity

March 11, 2015 On Monday, for the second time in two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in a railroad case. In U.S. DOT...

Treasury Releases 5-Year Projections For Other Trust Funds

March 11, 2015 The President’s budget, released last month, gave long-term cash flow forecasts for the largest federal trust fund...

McConnell Substitute Changes EPW, Commerce Bill Provisions

July 22, 2015 Here are what appear to be the main changes in the EPW and Commerce portions of the bill from the time that the...

Supreme Court Examines Diesel Fuel Tax Discrimination Against Railroads

March 5, 2015 The Supreme Court ruled today that states cannot tax railroads if the state tax regime exempts certain modes of...

New CBO Report Analyzes Long-Term Public Infrastructure Spending Trends

March 5, 2015 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week released a new report entitled Public Spending on Transportation...

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