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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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FASTLANE Grant Program
The USDOT recently announced the start of the first round of the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program. The FASTLANE program is a new program in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. A total of $800 million has been allocated for the program in Federal Fiscal Year 2016.
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TIGER Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants in seven 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 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have received nearly $5.1 billion for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure.
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Truck Parking Study
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
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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.

PHMSA Awards Nearly $1.5M in Grants for State Damage Prevention Programs - 7/25/2016
On July 14, 2016 the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced approximately...

AAR: U.S Rail Traffic Drops 17.2 Percent in Week 27 - 7/25/2016
According to the Association for American Railroads, railroad traffic has significantly decreased. Compared to a year ago U.S...

FHWA Continues Conversation on Freight Economy - 7/25/2016
FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau recently visited the states of Iowa, Oregon, and Washington to discuss their freight economy...

Truck Turn Times Fastest in 2 Years at LA, Long Beach Ports - 7/25/2016
Long Beach Ports have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in new automation technology and implemented new procedures...

Facing the Cost of Free Shipping in Trucking - 7/25/2016
The volume of e-commerce is rapidly increasing with the average orders per year soaring from 9.8 in 2012...

AAR's State of the Industry Report Focuses on Impact of Railroads on U.S. Economy - 7/13/2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently released its second "State of the Industry Report" that focuses on...

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