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Freight INNOVATIONS
in Our Future
The key to our nation's infrastructure
By Jay Hansen and Ashley Jackson

O

ur U.S. freight system
today moves about
63 tons of goods
each year and has
an expected growth
of 45 percent over the next 30
years. This is a recipe for gridlock,
congestion, and unsafe driving
conditions that will be far worse
than what we experience today.
Every item or product Americans
use or consume today moves, at
some point, on the nation's roads.
As our population grows and our
economy expands, demand for
freight grows as well, straining an
already challenged highway system.
Our nation's ability to compete in
global markets, and to meet the
needs of businesses and consumers,
depends on a robust and innovative
multi-modal freight transportation
system. There is hope.

Freight in the FAST Act
This hope was realized with the
passage of the Fixing America's
Surface Transportation (FAST)
Act. This five-year, $305 billion
legislation authorizes funds for
federal-aid highways and highway
safety programs, with a major
emphasis on moving freight on the
National Highway System (NHS),
and setting the course for state
highway projects and funding
levels into the future with two new
freight programs.
The first program, the National
Highway Freight Program (NHFP),

allocates funds to the states by
formula to be spent on highway
projects that move freight. Smaller
states with less than two percent of
the total National Highway Freight
Network will be able to spend their
apportionment on projects for any
part of the state's freight network.
States with more than two percent
of the total U.S. mileage on the
freight network will be required
to use their allocations on either
critical rural or urban freight
corridors, leading to one of the most
innovative features of the FAST Act,
Critical Commerce Corridors (CCC).

Critical Commerce Corridors
Critical Commerce Corridors,
authorized under the FAST Act's

National Highway Freight Program,
is an idea first envisioned by NAPA
Past Chairman Charlie Potts at
NAPA's 2007 Annual Meeting.
CCC physically separates passenger
vehicles from trucks in order to
decrease congestion, enabling the
safe and efficient movement of
goods and services. Additionally,
the separation of passenger vehicles
from freight traffic reduces wear
and tear on highways making
CCC an economical advancement
in the evolution of highway and
transit programs.
During the implementation
phase of the FAST Act, it is
important to properly define CCC.
Without a clear definition, the
states cannot plan for large-scale

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - September/October 2016

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
Innovation in Mindset and Technology
Innovative Pavement Research
Freight Innovations in Our Future
Creating a Sustainability Program:
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
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