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In the Spotlight

The Vital Role of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure in Moving Agriculture Forward
Mike Levin, Director of Issues Management Analysis at the Illinois Soybean Association, authored a paper on behalf of CAGTC providing an overview of the importance of U.S. agribusiness and highlighting the threats the U.S. agriculture industry faces because of our outdated freight infrastructure. Click here to read the full paper. 
A Legislator’s Guide to Freight and Goods Movement
CAGTC unveiled this Congressional Briefing Book to aid legislators and staff in understanding the importance of freight during the 2017 CAGTC Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Guide contains information on CAGTC’s policy positions, background on the FAST Act’s freight program, general resources for freight, and materials on funding the future of freight. Click here to read the full guide. 
America's 21st Century Manufacturing Relies on 20th Century Infrastructure
Fran Inman, Senior Vice President of Majestic Realty Co. and Elaine Nessle, Executive Director of CAGTC, authored a paper providing a brief overview of the US' evolving supply chain and the challenges domestic manufacturers face when relying on outdated freight infrastructure. Click here to read the full paper. 
Freight Can't Wait, 2017 Edition
Illustrating the many freight infrastructure needs across the United States, CAGTC worked with its membership to develop “Freight Can’t Wait,” a snapshot of projects around the country that stand to benefit from federal partnership and investment. The booklet of projects was first released in 2015 and updated in 2017. Click here to learn about these projects and the many economic, safety, and environmental benefits that stand to be captured. 
CAGTC Priorities for Trump Administration
CAGTC sent a letter to top-decision makers in the Trump administration outlining the economic significance of freight movement and opportunities for improving the commerce-moving network. The letter can be found here
How did Freight Stack Up in FASTLANE's Inaugural Year? 
CAGTC charted USDOT's FASTLANE award selections and CAGTC member applications that did not receive funding under the first round of FASTLANE against a FHWA map of freight volumes. Click here to view the map. 
Freight Investment in TIGER

CAGTC-produced a chart showing the share of freight investment over the eight rounds of TIGER. Click here to view the chart. 

TIGER/INFRA Infographic

CAGTC's easy guide to the differences between TIGER and INFRA and how the competitive grant programs work in harmony to make critical investments in the freight infrastructure network. Click here to view the infographic.

What if we voted for infrastructure investment in November? Infographic

How the leading 2016 Presidential candidates stake up on infrastrucutre funding and investment plans. Click here to view the infographic. 

Freight Facts

CAGTC released new fact sheets in 2015. Click here to view data on the benefits of investment in freight infrastructure and the impacts of chronic underinvestment. Contact CAGTC staff if you'd like high-resolution versions of these documents. Click here to learn about the many and varied costs paid by businesses as a result of underinvestment in our nation's infrastructure. Contact CAGTC staff if you'd like a high-resolution version of the Cost of Congestion fact sheet.

CAGTC Board Member Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee

On February 10, CAGTC Board Member John Greuling testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security during a hearing titled “Keeping Goods Moving.” He called on Congress to create a freight program with dedicated funding for multimodal freight infrastructure projects. Read his full remarks here

New Follow that Freight Series Released 

CAGTC has developed the next iteration of the “Follow that Freight” series! To see our new brochures, click here.

2015 CAGTC Annual Meeting Dates Set: April 22 & 23

Wednesday, April 22 is free and open to the public, taking place on Capitol Hill and beginning at 9 am. Thursday, April 23 is for CAGTC Members only. An agenda and additional details will be forthcoming. 

Early registration is now open, please register by emailing ewhite@blakey-agnew.com with your contact information.

SupplyChainBrain Podcast Featuring CAGTC Executive Director Leslie Blakey

By global infrastructure standards, the United States is living below its means. We’re falling short of what’s needed just to maintain our existing roads, bridges, and waterways, and we’re failing to prepare for any future economic and population growth. CAGTC President and Executive Director Leslie Blakey talks to SupplyChainBrain host Bob Bowman about Washington’s proposals to address this growing problem. To listen to the podcast, click here and follow the link at the top of the PDF.

CAGTC Member Paul Fisher Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee

On May 15, Paul Fisher, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees of CenterPoint Properties Trust and Chair of the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago testified on behalf of CAGTC at a hearing titled "Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Local Perspectives on Moving America." His comments focused on the needs of our national freight system. Click here to read his testimony.

Improving the Primary Freight Network

In March, CAGTC released a fact sheet summarizing public comments on the Federal Highway Administration's draft designation of the Primary Freight Network (PFN). Of the 300 original comments submitted to the FHWA, 132 requested route modifications and 168 made policy requests. Borad consensus was reached by stakeholders on the importance of removing the 27,000-mile Congressionally-mandated cap, including freight intermodal connectors on the map and overlaying the PFN with rail lines, ports, navigable waterways, land gateways and airports.

The PFN was called for in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and a draft map was published on November 19, 2013 by the FHWA. The FHWA solicited comments from stakeholders and comments were due February 15, 2014. Comments represented opinions from a wide swath of geographically and organizationally diverse stakeholders. Click here to view the fact sheet.

Documenting the Need Fact Sheet

We are a growing nation of consumers and, thanks to a rebounding economy, Americans are experiencing increased purchasing power. Our manufacturing sector is exporting goods to the world’s consumers at rapid pace and our ability to move these goods in a safe and efficient manner is tied directly to our global economic competitiveness. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “productivity growth in freight transportation has long been a driving force for the growth of U.S. overall productivity and contributed directly to the growth of the U.S. GDP.” Representing 85 percent of our national economy, our country’s five major economic sectors – manufacturing, retail, agriculture, natural resources and transportation providers – are reliant on efficient freight movement to be successful in both the national and world marketplace. Despite all this, we have ignored the need to invest in our national multimodal freight transportation system. Click here to download the CAGTC fact sheet documenting the need for investment across all modes.

CAGTC Publishes Report on Road Infrastructure Needs

This document was developed to highlight the infrastructure needs of U.S. border crossings in view of increasing trade volumes with our neighbors to the north and south. The goal of this compilation document is to provide an increased understanding of U.S. international border crossings, focused primarily on roads and highways. Absence of rail data and recommendations should not imply rail border crossings are without needs. Ports of entry face significant challenges, including aging infrastructure and an often inadequate number of customs and border protection agents needed to staff them. Border wait times act as a disincentive to border crossers making the trip to the U.S. with each additional minute spent waiting translating to a lost opportunity for both businesses and tourists. These case studies demonstrate that investment in border infrastructure yields high economic benefits and point to the need for a strategic approach by our federal government to foster trilateral growth. Click here to read the entire report.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

CAGTC Exec. Director Named to Department of Commerce Advisory Committee


29 Members Sign Letter Supporting PNRS 


CAGTC Chairman Testifies at T&I Hearing


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