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12/20/16

Waterways increasingly important to national freight network

By Pamela Glass for WorkBoat
A new report that looks at investment needed to improve freight transportation underscores the importance of using marine highways and inland ports as part of a national intermodal transportation network.
“Containers are only one important aspect of a much bigger picture impacting ports and coastal states,” according to “The State of Freight II” report, released Tuesday by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). “Interior ports continue to transport and support tremendous movements.”
The report comes one year after Congress passed the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) which for the first time made dedicated freight funding a priority and authorized $11 billion in spending on multiple transportation modes.
The report seeks to be a “blueprint for state DOTs, Congress and the new [Trump] administration to address the critical freight infrastructure needs of our nation,” AASHTO President and MaineDOT Commissioner David Bernhardt told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday.
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