Coalition Views

Give Freight A Fund!

The Coalition is dedicated to helping develop federal freight policy that will ensure sufficient funding in federal legislation to meet the nation's goods movement needs. Following the passage of MAP-21, the Coalition developed a reauthorization platform building upon the success of previous authorizations. The platform incorporates recommendations made by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on 21st Century Freight, including a call to identify a revenue source for freight infrastructure funding, 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 Coalition has long promoted.

CAGTC maintains its call for A National Strategic Freight Mobility Program and Trust Fund. The policy paper proposes the creation of a Federal Freight Trust Fund (FTF) to facilitate implementation of a new, strategic freight mobility program that incorporates:

  • A national strategy which guides long term planning
  • A dedicated funding mechanism(s)
  • A set of merit-based criteria for funding allocation
  • A partnership with the private sector

Click Here to read CAGTC’s Reauthorization Platform

Click Here to get the facts on freight investment


The Coalition is dedicated to raising awareness about the nation's freight needs, both on Capitol Hill and with the general public. To help meet that goal, the Coalition has developed various educational materials to help demonstrate the vital role goods movement plays in our nation's economy, as well as our every day lives.


Gateway Map

Click Here to see a map detailing the nation's top international gateways based on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2012 Commodity Flow Survey.


In 2005, CAGTC developed a series of educational brochures, developed and distributed during the passage of SAFETEA-LU, to remind Congress of the importance of freight and goods movement. CAGTC featured 8 products, both imports and exports, that utilize multi-modal freight routes.

In 2015, CAGTC has created an updated series of these brochures to educate members of congress on the importance of freight funding as they move to pass a new transportation funding bill.

Click here to view the 2015/2016 series.

Click here to view the 2005 series.

To download an individual brochure from the 2015/2016 series, select from the options below: 

I. Cherries II. Almonds III. Flash Drives IV. Cars V. Highlighters 



Although Borders and Corridors authorized funding levels have fallen woefully short, many success storiescongestion from programs have emerged. In 2003, CAGTC compiled a report featuring thumbnail descriptions of successful intermodal freight infrastructure projects that received some federal funding or "shelf-ready" projects that need funding. In addition, it includes an estimate of the minimum needs for Borders and Corridors funding and information on relevant studies on bottlenecks impeding the movement of freight.

Succeeding Through Borders and Corridors





To contribute to the national freight dialogue, the Coalition develops policy papers, testimony and white papers on a wide variety of freight-specific and freight-related issues.


Improving the Primary Freight Network

In 2014, the Coalition conducted a qualitative and quantitative review of all comments submitted to the FHWA on the draft designation of the Primary Freight Network.

Click Here to see the graphic illustrating the analysis

Connecting North America: U.S. Road Border Needs

In 2013, the Coalition published a report examining the road border needs of the United States and recommending Congress increase border infrastructure investment.

Click Here to read the report

Greening the Freight System

In 2010, the Coalition worked with other fright industry stakeholders and the environmental community to develop a consensus document focusing on moving forward with a freight systems that is safe, efficient and greener.

Click Here to read the Freight Transportation Improvement Principles


Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act

In 2009, the Coalition commented on Senator Boxer's Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

Click Here to read the letter


Freight Stakeholders Platform

The Coalition is a member of a informal Washington group called the Freight Stakeholders Coalition, which gathers to discuss issues impacting the freight community. In 2014, the Freight Stakeholders developed and endorsed a policy platform for the next surface transportation authorization.

Click Here to read the Freight Stakeholders 2014 Platform


June 2009 Hearing: Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security: Freight Transportation in America: Options for Improving the Nation’s Network

In June 2009, Butch Brown, Executive Director of the Mississippi DOT, submitted testimony to the Senate Commerce Committee on behalf of the Coalition.

Click Here to read the testimony and the Coalition's responses to several follow up Questions for the Record


2008 AASHTO Hearing on National Freight Transportation Agenda

In 2008, the Coalition's Chairman, Mortimer Downey, testified at AASHTO's Washington Brieifing, during a session hearing on the national freight agenda.

Click Here to read the testimony


Freight and Public Private Partnerships

In 2007, the Coalition issued a white paper on the role of public-private partnerships in the nation's freight policy.

Click Here to read the Coalition's PPP Statement


Freight and Transit

In 2006, after developing the concept of a dedicated freight trust fund, the Coalition issued this statement on the benefits of a freight trust fund to the nation's transit system.

Click Here to read the statement


Understanding the Nation's Freight Network

In 2006, the Coalition sent a letter to Senator Feinstein asking her to request a study of the nation's freight system, to help better demonstrate the enormous needs of the  goods movement network.

The Coalition also encouraged US DOT to conduct a study on the benefits the major freight corridors and gateways offer to the entire country.

Click Here to read the letter to Senator Feinstein

Click Here to see the letter to US DOT


Goods Movement White Paper

Following the passage of SAFETEA-LU, the Coalition developed a Goods Movement White Paper. The paper discusses the nation's freight system, as a whole and by mode, the impacts of policies in SAFETEA-LU and makes recommendations on next steps for the nation's freight policy.

Click Here to read the Coalition's Goods Movement White Paper


September 2002 Joint Senate Commerce and EPW Hearing on Freight Transportation and Intermodal Connections

In 2002, Michael Huerta, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ACS State & Local Solutions, testified at a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation and Environment & Public Works Committees.

Click Here to read the testimony



112th Congress

On January 5th, the House of Representatives adopted H.R. 5 - a set of changes to the House Rules for the 112th Congress. Included H.R. 5 was a provision removing the minimum funding guarantees for program funded by the Highway Trust Fund.

111th Congress


Freight Act of 2010:

On July 22, 2010, Senators Lautenberg, Cantwell and Murray introduced S 3629 – the Focusing Resources, Economic Investment, and Guidance to Help Transportation (FREIGHT) Act of 2010.

A week later, Congressman Sires, along with Representatives Cohen, Richardson and Smith introduced companion legislation, HR 5976, in the House.

- Click here to read the Coalition’s summary of the FREIGHT Act of 2010.

In June 2009, Congressmen Adam Smith (D-WA) and Reichert (R-WA) introduced HR 2707 – the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Act.

In May 2009, Congressman Nadler (D-NY) introduced HR 2530 – the Freight Rail Economic Development Act.

In May 2009, Congresswoman Richardson (D-CA) introduced HR 2355 – the Making Opportunities Via Efficient and More Effective National Transportation (MOVEMENT) Act of 2009.

On February 9, 2009, Congressman Calvert (R-CA) introduced HR 947 – the ON TIME Act.


- In June 2009, Members of Congress wrote a Dear Colleague letter to the leadership of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee calling for a ‘new, streamlined approach’ to addressing the nation’s freight needs through the establishment of a federal freight program in the next surface transportation authorization.

- As part of their FY 2010 Budget Resolution recommendations, Members of the Senate Commerce Committee wrote a letter to the Senate Banking Committee leadership stating their intention to develop ‘legislation to authorize a new freight mobility program to fund freight-related infrastructure investments of regional and national significance.


As part of the FY 2010 appropriations process, Congress allocated $1.5 billion for a second round of multimodal discretionary grant, dubbed TIGER II by DOT.

- CAGTC Support for NII/TIGER II

- NII/TIGER II in 2010 Appropriations language


110th Congress


In September 2008, Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced HR 7117 – the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Act.

In April 2007, Senator Lott introduced S 1125 – the Freight Rail Infrastructure Capacity Expansion Act of 2007.

109th Congress

In May 2005 House Goods Movement Caucus co-chairs Congresswoman Millender-McDonald (D-CA) and Congressman Reichert (R-WA) sent a Dear Colleague letter encouraging other Members of the House to join the caucus.


Funding and programming for freight and goods movement significantly increased with the 2005 passage of SAFETEA-LU.

- FHWA released this presentation outlining the freight provisions in SAFETEA-LU.

- SAFETEA-LU created two national commissions charged with making recommendations on how to meet the nation’s transportation needs.

- Click here for the Coalition’s summary of SAFETEA-LU.

- Click here for a comparison of freight funding in SAFETEA-LU and TEA-21.

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants

TIGER II Grant winners

- Capital Grants

- Planning Grants

TIGER I Grant winners

- TIGER I Award winners

- TIGER I Freight projects

Additional information on DOT’s TIGER programs is available here:



Projects of National & Regional Significance (PNRS)

2009 PNRS Report to Congress

2008 PNRS Report to Congress

2007 PNRS Report to Congress

Click here for a profile of freight projects in PNRS.

Click here for presentation by FHWA on the PNRS rulemaking.

Click here for DOT’s PNRS Final Rule.

DOT Proposals/Strategies

2010 DOT (Obama Administration) Strategic Plan FY 2010 – FY 2015

- CAGTC Comments on U.S. DOT Strategic Plan FY 2010 – 2015

2008 DOT (Bush Administration) Recommendations for SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization

DOT Budget Proposals

US DOT FY 2011 Budget Proposal from Administration