FREIGHT RESOURCE CENTER
Chemical manufacturing is on the verge of a renaissance. Low feedstock costs and more investment capital have generated a spate of new chemical projects. While this growth is a boon to the industry, the resulting increase in transportation demand underscores the need to address existing transportation infrastructure issues. New logistical challenges could slow down the movement of new chemicals and prevent the industry from realizing the full benefits of increased production. This report shares findings of PwC’s study on the link between anticipated growth of US chemical manufacturing and the logistics of transporting products to market.
In recognition of the important role that public works infrastructure plays in supporting national economic growth, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), on behalf of the Build America Investment Initiative, commissioned this study. Its objective is to identify 40 proposed transportation and water infrastructure projects in the United States of major economic significance, but whose completion has slowed or is in jeopardy. This study provides the public with a picture of how, if completed, these proposed infrastructure projects would have a positive impact on national and regional economic activity, such as reducing congestion, improving safety and reliability, decreasing flood hazard, and other benefits.
This report addresses: (1) how major U.S. West Coast ports have responded to recent changes in global shipping; (2) how selected shippers have been impacted by and responded to a recent port disruption, and (3) how DOT’s efforts support port cargo movement and whether they can be improved. GAO conducted case studies of the three major port regions on the West Coast; interviewed key stakeholders— such as port authorities and state and local transportation agencies—for each region and 21 industry representatives, and evaluated DOT’s freight efforts relative to criteria on using quality information to support decision-making.