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. The following States have FAST Act compliant freight plans: Nevada, Ohio, Idaho and Vermont.
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.
The FAST ACT authorized the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Program. This discretionary grant program will invest $4.5 billion over five years. 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. In FY16 grants totaling nearly $800 million were awarded to 15 states and the District of Columbia. It expected that the grant funding combined with other funding from federal, state, local, and private sources will support $3.6 billion in infrastructure investment.
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.
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.
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 on July 19, 2017: Regulatory, Policy, and Planning Issues and Needs for Truck Automation - 7/6/2017
Freight Intermodal Connectors Study - 5/23/2017
Program Continues to Push Innovative Technologies to Tackle Congestion - 5/2/2017
Trucking Groups Take ELD Fight Directly to DOT Boss - 5/2/2017
Spot Truckload Rates Steady, Freight Volume Inches Higher - 5/2/2017
Trumps Infrastructure Plan Likely Out Early Summer, Rep. Graves Says - 5/2/2017
United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration