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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.
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program
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
Search for national and state-specific information on freight transportation and related activities.

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.

As offices consider hybrid work, can warehouses operate remotely too? - 6/22/2021
Technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and robotics are enabling remote operation of an increasing number...

Better pay alone doesn't retain drivers, Heartland finds - 6/22/2021
To retain drivers, the truckload carrier Heartland Express is providing base pay, which varies depending on how often...

What $70+ oil means to container, tanker and dry bulk shipping? - 6/22/2021
As of June 9, 2021, the difference in price between very low sulfur fuel oil and high sulfur...

USDA to invest over $4B to strengthen the food supply chain - 6/22/2021
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $4 billion to strengthen supply chains, aid food production,...

Rise of Electric Vehicles Presents Questions About Transportation Funding - 6/22/2021
As electric vehicle deployment continues, infrastructure owners will experience declining revenues from fuel taxes. This article discusses the...

Talking Freight Webinar for June 16, 2021: Using Freight Mobility Tools to Measure Truck Flow Efficiency - 6/10/2021
This webinar will discuss both FHWA and State Department of Transportation efforts to develop and use tools to...

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