Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!

DOT’s Freight Policy Council hits the ground running

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
September 14, 2012

Following the launch of the Department of Transportation’s Freight Policy Council in August, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood wrote in his blog, entitled “Fast Lane,” this week that DOT is “kicking off the new council’s work by listening to the people who know freight—the states, the freight and logistics industry, businesses, consumers, and other stakeholders.”

The objective of the Freight Policy Council is to focus on improving the condition and performance of the national freight network to better ensure the ability of the U.S. to compete in the global economy. DOT says the Freight Policy Council will develop a national intermodal plan for improving the efficiency of freight movement and also work with states to encourage development of a forward-looking state freight strategy.

This is a good thing—and it is really something that is long overdue.

LaHood does a good job of explaining why in his blog:

“To stay competitive in today’s global economy, America must tackle three freight challenges:
-First, we must develop a national strategic vision on freight.
-Second, the public and private sectors must work together to invest in our nation’s freight network.
-Third, we must plan and deliver freight infrastructure projects more quickly and efficiently than ever.”

These challenges all make sense. What’s more, the rollout of the Freight Policy Council followed MAP-21, the new federal transportation bill, which was inked by President Obama in July, following a lengthy period of stop-gap legislation to keep SAFETEA-LU funding intact.

The Freight Policy Council is clearly still in the early innings, but it looks like it has great potential at the same time. It will be interesting to see what its findings are in the coming months. Please check back with Newsroom Notes as we report on its progress.

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

The NRF is calling for 2015 holiday sales to see a 3.7 percent annual gain to $630.5 billion, which comfortably outpaces the ten-year average of 2.5 percent.

On the heels of announcing it plans to acquire freight transportation and logistics services provider Con-way Inc. for $3 billion, XPO Logistics may be considering selling off Con-way Truckload, the company’s truckload arm.

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has called on world leaders meeting at the United Nations this week to work together to find solutions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe

More than 20 U.S. port authority officials and their key staff, representing seaports from all four U.S. coasts, will gather on October 8 to meet with Congressional leadership to discuss the upcoming surface transportation bill and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ navigation budget.

Article Topics

Blogs · All topics


Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA