House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Freight Panel Issues Recommendations

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by NADO Admin

This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation released its final report, Improving the Nation’s Freight Transportation System (http://transportation NULL.transportation NULL.pdf). The special panel of Members of Congress, chaired by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) was established in April 2013 and charged with examining the current state of freight transportation and making recommendations on how to improve freight transportation to strengthen the U.S. economy. The bipartisan 11-member panel held a series of hearings, roundtable discussions, and site visits across the country to arrive at the report’s findings and recommendations. The report’s key recommendations to Congress include:

  • Direct the Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with the Secretary of the Army and the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, to establish a comprehensive national freight transportation policy and designate a national, multimodal freight network;
  • Require metropolitan and statewide planning agencies to consider the supply chain, freight movement, and regional and national freight priorities when setting short-and-long-range goals when developing transportation improvement plans;
  • Ensure robust public investment in all modes of transportation on which freight movement relies, and incentivize additional private investment in freight transportation facilities to maintain and improve the condition and performance of the freight transportation network;
  • Review, working through the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, the Secretary’s freight funding and revenue recommendations and develop specific funding and revenue options for freight transportation projects prior to Congress’ consideration of the surface transportation reauthorization bill in 2014.

Click here (http://transportation NULL.transportation NULL.pdf) to view the report.

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