Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Senate Bill Calls for National Freight Policy

( – William B. Cassidy)

A national multimodal freight transportation plan is the goal of a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate.Three Democratic senators are sponsoring legislation that would require the federal government to stake out a national policy for freight movement, encouraging multimodal transportation.

The bill hits Capitol Hill as the Obama administration prepares its principles for a long-term reauthorization of the surface transportation bill and Congress remains deadlocked over infrastructure funding.

A national freight transportation policy “that will meet the economic and mobility needs of the 21st century” is long overdue, said Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., one of the bill’s sponsors. Read more