National freight policy focuses on intermodal transport

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The U.S. DOT has created a national freight council to streamline freight movement by connecting more trucks, trains and ports. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the creation of the Freight Policy Council last Thursday, Aug. 23, as part of the new highway law known as MAP-21.

The Freight Policy Council will be in charge of creating a strategic plan that focuses on intermodal freight movement.

The Department of Transportation says a more efficient system will reduce traffic congestion, environmental impact and shipping costs.

Grant programs such as TIGER and TIFIA continue to fund projects related to the ports and freight movement. TIGER is the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program while TIFIA is the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.

Money for freight projects is also available through the $35 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing program, according to a DOT press release.

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