As reauthorization nears, goods movement coalition reaffirms need for dedicated freight funding

AJOT |

September 28, 2018

Speaking on a panel briefing today for Congressional staffers, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) Executive Director Elaine Nessle emphasized the need for a program that reliably funds our nation’s multimodal freight system, allowing it to grow in lockstep with our national economy and population. The briefing, titled “Funding to Rebuild and Renew America,” was organized by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) to highlight funding proposals to improve our nation’s transportation system. Along with CAGTC, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), I-95 Corridor Coalition, and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) presented at today’s briefing.

Tasked with discussing freight funding needs, Nessle discussed Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act, which calls for a 1 percent fee on the cost of moving goods. “Targeted, sustained, and robust investment in our nation’s freight system is necessary to maintain the strength of American industry in a competitive world marketplace,” said Nessle. “To maintain and improve freight infrastructure, dedicated funding, such as what Congressman Lowenthal has suggested, is required.”

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