Alliances call for removal of non-highway funding limits

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By Jon Shumake | February 27, 2019

Witnesses gave the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety a variety of recommendations to improve intermodal infrastructure.

Limits on non-highway project grant funds should be eliminated to help invest in intermodal infrastructure improvements, witnesses said Tuesday during a Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety hearing.

In the most recent round, the INFRA program saw $12 in requests for every $1 that was available, said Joseph Szabo, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, who was representing the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. In addition to eliminating the cap on non-highway spending, Szabo said “$12 billion annually in multimodal freight investments through a competitive program is needed. “Freight doesn’t move on highways alone,” he said. “We have to invest in the very best projects that bring the greatest results to the public regardless of mode. Simply where public benefit is derived, investment should be made.”

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