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Guidance on State Freight Plans and State Freight Advisory Committees
The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act created new requirements for State Freight Plans and State Freight Advisory Committees. Guidance for both the plans and advisory committees was published in the Federal Register in October 2016. Among other requirements, States are required to create State Freight Plans in order to obligate National Highway Freight Program funds after December 4, 2017. New Item FAST Act compliant freight plans can be found on the Information by State Web page and by selecting the desired State.
The Freight Economy
Learn more about the interconnected network of almost seven million miles of highways, local roads, railways, navigable waterways and pipelines that move food, energy, goods and raw materials to keep citizens employed, communities healthy and the Nation competitive.
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INFRA Program
The Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) program, implemented under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Program, is a discretionary grant program that provides dedicated funding for freight and highway projects of national and regional significance that address critical issues facing the nation's transportation infrastructure. The program creates opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure and it allows States, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), local governments, tribal governments, special purpose districts and public authorities (including port authorities), and other parties to apply for funding to complete projects that improve safety and hold the greatest promise to eliminate freight bottlenecks and improve critical freight movements. The program will invest $4.5 billion over five years and it is expected that the grant funding combined with other funding from federal, state, local, and private sources will support $3.6 billion in infrastructure investment.
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TIGER Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants in seven different funding rounds since 2009 for surface transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region. Altogether, a total of 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have received nearly $5.1 billion for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure.
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Truck Parking Survey
Truck parking shortages are a national safety concern, and can contribute to safety issues due to fatigued drivers being unable to find parking areas to rest and to drivers parking in unsafe locations such as roadway shoulders, exit ramps, or vacant lots. To address these concerns, MAP-21 required the Jason's Law trucking parking survey, which examined states' capability to provide truck parking, assessed of truck volumes in each state, and developed a system of metrics to evaluate parking.
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The following news items were compiled by the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of freight news.

Talking Freight Webinar for August 29, 2018: Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Guidance and Designation Process Discussion - 8/13/2018
This webinar will provide an overview of the Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridor designation process, including...

Strongest Trucking Market in History Has Legs, ATA's Bob Costello Says - 7/30/2018
Gross domestic product will grow by 3% this year. Consumer spending, construction and factory output continue to remain...

Innovator: July/August 2018 - 7/30/2018
FHWA released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation....

U.S. Department of Transportation Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy - 7/30/2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a report that summarizes automated vehicle perspectives from industry stakeholders...

Florida to Connect State Rest Areas for Highway Safety - 7/30/2018
The Florida Department of Transportation is installing sensors in 1,859 parking spaces in 68 rest areas and truck...

Platooning Still Held Back by Outdated State Laws, Report Says - 7/30/2018
Currently, only 16 states have authorized automated vehicle platooning. Allowing trucks to platoon greatly reduces aerodynamic drag, which...

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