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News Release
FOR RELEASE - June 24, 2015
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 706-4714

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

AAPA Pleased with Freight Focus in New DRIVE Act Legislation

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) - the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – today applauded inclusion of several key seaport industry freight mobility priorities in new legislation that was approved this morning by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). The Developing Roadway Infrastructure for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Act of 2015 is a $278 billion, six-year transportation reauthorization bill that includes a national freight plan and a dedicated freight program, as advocated by AAPA.

Key industry priorities included in the bill are:

  • A $13.5 billion program over six years for freight transportation;
  • Inclusion of intermodal connectors to seaports in a re-designation of the National Freight Network;
  • Expanded port eligibility in the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program;
  • $2.4 billion in competitive grants for a Major Projects Program to assist states and regions with large corridor and gateway transportation infrastructure projects;
  • Requirements for MAP-21 freight planning provisions for state freight plans and state freight advisory committees, in which states may obligate up to 10 percent of their total annual apportioned funding for intermodal projects, using Highway Trust Fund dollars; and,
  • A national freight plan that is to be revised every five years.

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle commended the bipartisan leadership and support provided by Senate EPW Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and the other committee members in prioritizing freight infrastructure and proposing a dedicated program for freight. “Many of the legislation’s provisions and funding allocations stem from, or are in line with, AAPA freight policy and input from our U.S.-member ports in our 2015 The State of Freight report,” said Mr. Nagle.

“With port cargo activity now accounting for more than a quarter of the U.S. economy, America’s ports are the nation’s economic lifeline,” he added. “Bills such as this that prioritize freight movement and facilitate the efficient movement of goods into and out of ports help enhance America’s international competitiveness and provide enormous benefits to exporters, manufacturers and consumers across the nation.”

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