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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talking Freight Seminar on September 21, 2016: Accommodating Trucks in Innovative Design Intersections and Interchanges - 8/26/2016
FMCSA Seeks Input on Proposed Pilot Program Allowing Drivers of Military Heavy Vehicles Between the Ages of 18 and 21 to Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles in Interstate Commerce - 8/23/2016
FRA Awards $25 Million in Grants for Positive Control Implementation - 8/23/2016
Energy Department Announces $137 Million Investment in Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Efficiency - 8/23/2016
Multi-State, Multimodal, Oversize/Overweight Transportation - 8/23/2016
EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks - 8/23/2016
09/11/2016 - TransComm 2016
09/13/2016 - FTR: 2016 Annual Transportation Conference
10/23/2016 - AAPA 2016 Annual Convention and Expo
United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration