Congressional freight panel’s unanimous verdict: freight infrastructure needs investment

Published on : Monday, November 4, 2013

Port of Los AngelesFollowing six months of exhaustive investigation into our nation’s freight network, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation produced their report, finding that significant investment is needed in our freight transportation system.

 

 

The group of 11 members of Congress, representing our nation’s geographic and political diversity, signed off on their 100-plus page report, which included a number of specific recommendations, including a call to dedicate funding for freight infrastructure, designation of a multimodal freight network, and the sustained continuation of a freight-focused Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) competitive grant program — all policies The Port of Los Angeles has long promoted.

 

 

“We applaud the committee, particularly Congresswoman Janice Hahn, who represents the San Pedro Bay Port Complex, for its commitment to improving our transportation freight network,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.

 

Specifically, the Panel recommends that Congress:

·      “Authorize dedicated, sustainable funding for multimodal freight PNRS”: Authorize dedicated, sustainable funding for multimodal freight PNRS through a competitive grant process and establish clear benchmarks for project selection;

·      “Establish a comprehensive national freight transportation policy and designate a national, multimodal freight network”: As called for in Panel Member Rep. Sires’ (D-NJ) MOVE Freight Act of 2013 (H.R. 974), freight policy and planning should incorporate the many modes of transportation that move goods;

·      “Ensure robust public investment in all modes”: Freight does not move on highways alone – where public benefit is derived, public investment must be made. Further, private investment should be encouraged when possible and appropriate; and

·      “Identify and recommend sustainable sources of revenue across all modes”: Sustainable freight revenue sources should be identified and evaluated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Congress prior to the next surface transportation authorization.

 

Source:-Port of Los Angeles

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