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. 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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants in nine 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 420 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have received nearly $5.6 billion for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. The BUILD program is a continuation of the TIGER program and a NOFO was released to advertise a competition for an additional $1.5 billion in funding in Fiscal Year 2018.
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.
First-of-its-Kind Study to Analyze Truck Traffic in Seattle Downtown Core - 11/5/2018
Driver Shortage Once Again Ranked As Trucking Industry's Top Concern - 11/5/2018
Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States - 11/5/2018
Impacts of the I-77 Variable Speed Limit System on Speed and Crash Characteristics During Low Visibility Conditions - 11/5/2018
UPS to Wind Down Freight Pickups With Strike Looming - 11/5/2018
Talking Freight Webinar for November 13, 2018: Hazardous Materials Shipments: Economic and Safety Considerations - 11/2/2018
11/27/2018 - 6th Annual Florida Automate Vehicles (FAV) Summit
12/04/2018 - 2nd National Summit of Rural Road Safety
01/13/2019 - 2019 TRB Annual Meeting
United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration