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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.
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program
BUILD-TIGER Programs
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants, which is a continuation of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, in ten 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 512 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have received nearly $7.1 billion for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. On April 16, 2019, the Secretary announced the availability of $900 million to be awarded by DOT for the BUILD 2019 transportation grants program.
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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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National and State Information
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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.

Telematics in the Canadian Trucking Industry - 1/22/2020
The United States Environmental Protections Agency's SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and...

New California Owner-Operator Law on Hold for Now - 1/22/2020
A U.S. District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order on December 31, 2019 preventing enforcement of California's...

NCHRP 2019 Annual Report - 1/22/2020
This report is a summary of activities and research by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) in...

Will New York Approve Autonomous Delivery Vehicles? - 1/22/2020
In December 2019, California approved the use of light-duty (less than 10,001 pounds) autonomous delivery vehicles. Companies will...

November 2019 Freight Transportation Services Index - 1/22/2020
The USDOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (RITA) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) published...

Five Coming Regulations that Threaten Trucking - 12/19/2019
There are five new federal and state truck related regulations slated for implementation over the next month. These...

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