Insights - February 2014 - (Page 2)

Contents Federal Update ..................................................2 State Legislative Update....................................6 Freight Reports .................................................7 2011-2013 Yearly Traffic Totals ..........................7 Sustainability News ........................................13 People in the News .........................................13 In Brief ............................................................16 Welcome New Members .................................19 Intermodal Calendar .......................................20 Cover image courtesy of PortMiami Intermodal Insights is published monthly by the Intermodal Association of North America for the benefit of its members. Intermodal Insights is a registered trademark of the Intermodal Association of North America. All rights reserved. Paul Scott Abbott, Editor Send press releases and letters to the editor to insights@intermodal.org. Must be received by the 10th of the month to be considered for inclusion in the next issue. Maggie Miller, Advertising Sales 301-982-3400, ext. 350 maggie.miller@intermodal.org Joanne F. Casey, President & CEO INTERMODAL ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA 11785 Beltsville Drive, Suite 1100 Calverton, MD 20705-4048 301-982-3400 * Fax: 301-982-4815 www.intermodal.org 2 Intermodal Insights | February 2014 Federal Update Freight Program Bill Introduced As discussions begin on the next federal measure for surface transportation funding, a bill calling for establishment of the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Improvement Program - a competitive grant plan funded by a shipper user fee - has been introduced. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced H.R. 3825, the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2013, on Jan. 9. It was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "With our nation's freight expected to double by 2040, it is critical to start making investments in freight and transportation infrastructure now to keep America competitive internationally for years to come." - U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. The bill calls for a fee of 1 percent of the total cost of transport to be imposed upon shippers, with all collected fees going into the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Fund, a dedicated source of funding for freight mobility improvement projects. "With our nation's freight expected to double by 2040, it is critical to start making investments in freight and transportation infrastructure now to keep America competitive internationally for years to come," Rep. Smith said. H.R. 3825 has drawn opposition from the Owner-Operator Indepen- dent Drivers Association, which on Jan. 16 contended that the bill "would target shippers who use trucks to bear the cost for rail, port and intermodal improvements." Visit www.govtrack.us/congress/ bills/113/hr3825 to track the bill. The current funding law, the twoyear Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, is due to expire Sept. 30, although Congress could again pass multiple temporary extensions, as it did before finally approving MAP-21 in June 2012. Congressional work toward a MAP21 successor formally got under way with a Jan. 14 hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, during which the committee's chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., urged that successor legislation focus upon facilitating freight movement. He said he hopes to have a bill ready for floor vote before the August recess of Congress. House T&I Forms New Special Panel The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is initiating a special panel focused on the use of public-private partnerships in project development and delivery. "The private sector possesses unique strengths, advantages and roles when it comes to transportation infrastructure." - U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn. According to a Jan. 16 announcement, the Panel on Public-Private Partnerships is to be chaired by Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., who also led the House T&I Committee's first special panel of the 113th Congress, which in October released its findings on the need to improve U.S. freight transportation. "The private sector possesses unique strengths, advantages and roles when it comes to transportation Federal Update - continued on page 14 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3825 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3825 http://www.intermodal.org

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