Dedicated freight funding could be the key to fixing U.S. infrastructure woes

Logistics Management |

By Jeff Berman | September 28, 2018

While much of today’s mainstream news, as it relates to the supply chain, is focused on topical trade-related things like tariffs and the future of NAFTA, one constant that remains intact, although it does not receive the commensurate amount of attention, is the state of our nation’s infrastructure.

One organization, though, that is always paying attention to the national infrastructure outlook, though, is the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC), long an ardent support and advocate for pushing Congress to take the needed and necessary steps to move our infrastructure, which is far from effective and efficient, and essentially chipping away, in the right direction.

CAGTC Executive Director Elaine Nessle made that clear when speaking on a panel this week for Congressional staffers, explaining how there remains a vital 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,” according to CAGTC officials.

he theme of this week’s infrastructure-focused Congressional briefing, which was put together by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), was entitled “Funding to Rebuild and Renew America,” and it focused on various funding proposals to improve the U.S. transportation system.

CAGTC said that at the hearing executive director Nessle spoke about Lowenthal’s National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act, legislation which requests a 1% fee for the cost of moving goods.

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