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 Naglecommended 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.”
Port Name: American Association of Port Authorities