Landside infrastructure investments are critical to moving freight in the U.S., and serve our nation’s manufacturing base, consumer markets, and military readiness. Investment in these connections can drive improvements in productivity, safety, and reduce the impact of freight transportation on local communities. A dedicated, sustainable federal funding program for freight transportation is essential.
In AAPA's 2015 State of Freight report, one-third of respondents said congestion on their port’s intermodal connectors over the past 10 years has caused port productivity to decline by 25% or more. Nearly 80% of AAPA U.S. ports said they need a minimum of $10 million for their port’s intermodal connectors through 2025, while 30% anticipate at least $100 million will be needed. There is a current need of $28.9 billion for 125 port-related freight network projects. These projects include intermodal connectors, gateway and corridor projects, to marine highways and on-dock rail projects.
In 2015, Congress approved the FAST Act, which enacted AAPA’s top freight policies, such as providing dedicated funding for freight projects. AAPA's 2016 The State of Freight II provides a baseline of investment needs to build out a 21st century freight network. A coordinated Federal Government is imperative to the success of building a 21st century freight network that meets the growing demands of American businesses, communities and the global supply chain. This is especially important for seaports because the issues, needs and interests of AAPA member ports crisscross several jurisdictions within the Federal Government.
Since the passage of the FAST Act, AAPA continues to be a leading voice in Washington, DC, on freight and supply chain funding, planning and policy issues. AAPA member ports and their issues are multidimensional and is reflected in AAPA’s work and expertise within these agencies.