Reduce freight bottlenecks
We must ensure the capacity for long-haul routes, while at the same time address the costly and time-consuming bottlenecks within congested metropolitan areas and in the “first- and last-mile” connections to ports and freight yards. The next bill should:
Target funding through competitive grant programs to projects that relieve freight bottlenecks and improve last-mile connections, and ensure that all appropriate modes are eligible;
Expand the national Primary Freight network to include all freight modes;
Incentivize and support regional planning for freight movement, particularly with regard to last-mile connections.