The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) was established to bring national attention to the need to significantly expand U.S. freight transportation capabilities and to work toward solutions for this growing national challenge. Our sole purpose is to raise public recognition and Congressional awareness of this need and to promote sufficient funding in federal legislation for trade corridors, gateways, intermodal connectors and freight facilities.
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Freight transportation is the backbone of America’s commerce. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Facts & Figures, the U.S. transportation system moved a daily average of about 55.2 million tons of freight valued at more than $54.0 billion in 2019 – making our nation’s goods movement system an integral part of any long-term economic gain.
These numbers are expected to grow – BTS predicts freight shipments will increase by nearly 80 percent between 2022 and 2050 to an estimated $36.3 trillion annually, with $8.8 trillion in goods being transported by multiple modes of transportation. This robust system of freight movement is an economic engine, producing millions of jobs and a higher standard of living for our population. Without the ability to quickly and cost effectively move goods into, out of and through the United States, America will not be able to maintain our standard of living and high employment levels.
- Bring national attention to the needs of our multimodal freight system
- Educate members of Congress & develop consensus for federal investment policy that supports intermodal connectors, trade corridors, freight facilities and gateway access
- Educate the public, primarily through media outreach, to increase appreciation and support for freight system needs
CAGTC is comprised of over sixty representative organizations, including state DOTs, MPOs, ports, engineering firms, and freight corridors, that have come together to improve national freight policy.
CAGTC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, governed by a Board of Directors and administered by the Washington, DC communications firm, Nessle & Blakey, Ltd.