US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Creation of Freight Policy Council

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Our lift truck company likes to share news that impacts the material handling industry. Read on to learn about the U.S. Transportation Secretary's announcement regarding a new Freight Policy Council that will help build a stronger freight transportation system and help double U.S. exports.  

Source: Material Handling Industry of America

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced the launch of the Freight Policy Council which will focus on improving the condition and performance of the national freight network to better ensure the ability of the United States to compete in today’s global economy. The council will develop a national, intermodal plan for improving the efficiency of freight movement and will work with states to encourage development of a forward looking state freight strategy.

“Our freight system is the lifeblood of the American economy, moving goods quickly and efficiently to benefit both businesses and consumers across the country,” said Secretary LaHood. “With the launch of the Freight Policy Council, we have an opportunity to make not only our freight system, but all modes of transportation, stronger and better connected.”

The recent transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, signed by President Obama, established a national freight policy and called for the creation of a National Freight Strategic Plan. DOT’s Freight Policy Council will implement the key freight provisions of the legislation. A strong freight transportation system is essential for helping meet President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015.

The Council will be chaired by Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari, and will include DOT leadership from highways, rail, ports and airports and economic and policy experts from across the Administration. The freight and logistics industries, consumers and other stakeholders will also play an advisory role, and states will be asked to offer proposals for improving the freight system in their region.

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