A new congressional proposal is designed to ensure a place for freight in planning infrastructure and transportation policy.
The legislation, dubbed the FREIGHT Act, would create a strategic plan for freight transportation; establish a special freight planning and development office within the Transportation Department; and set up an infrastructure grant program. The overarching goals, according to its Senate sponsors, are to make freight transportation safer, more efficient and more eco-friendly.
Supporters admire the bill's scope and say we're overdue for a comprehensive freight policy; at least one major trucking group, however, says the legislation wouldn't go far enough to improve highways.
What's your take on the FREIGHT Act, both its substance and its scope? Should it be folded into a larger transportation reauthorization bill, or is it needed sooner than that? What would you like to see in the freight transportation strategic plan?