Freight movement and efficiency focus of new committee

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The U.S. DOT is forming an advisory committee to improve its freight policies and programs. Once established, the National Freight Advisory Committee will help the DOT form a national freight network and make other recommendations about the nation’s highways, railroads, waterways, pipelines and airways.

Congress required the formation of the committee as part of the current highway law MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued notices in the Federal Register to establish the committee, push out information to stakeholders and to solicit members for the committee.

Membership is likely to include folks from all modes of transportation as well as labor, safety and environmental groups.

According to the notice, the national freight network will consist of 27,000 miles of existing interstates and other roadways.

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