Insights - March/April 2018 - 5

Washington
Begins Work on
Infrastructure

A

s spring begins in Washington, so has the real work on infrastructure, now that the
Trump administration has laid out its proposal and Congress tries to figure out how to
pay for transportation projects to support economic and freight growth.
Congress began to take up the
issue in March, with two days of House
Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee hearings that included testimony by Secretary of Transportation
Elaine Chao. Chao and other Cabinet
secretaries also testified at a Senate
hearing.
She touted the administration's
$1.5 trillion proposal that is designed
to boost the economy, add jobs and
Chao
raise wages. It includes roughly $200
billion in federal funds that are meant to be accompanied by
private investment and greater state and local decision-making.
While there was no specific mention of intermodal, the plan did
state the eligibility of freight transfer facilities for new financing
options.
At the same time, she noted the administration expects to
realize savings of more than $500 million this year from the
speedier review of pending projects.

"Infrastructure projects in the
United States have been routinely
and excessively delayed by agency
processes and procedures," Chao
said. "These delays have increased
project costs and blocked the American people from the full benefits of
increased infrastructure investments,
which are important to allowing
Americans to compete and win on the
world economic stage."
Thune
The Senate hearing, including four
other secretaries, reflected the administration's view that infrastructure should be viewed more broadly as communications,
water resources and other activities, in addition to roads and
bridges.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who heads the Commerce Committee, said the testimony "will support a comprehensive public
discussion with senators about the White House proposal for
aligning federal resources with local infrastructure needs and
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - March/April 2018

IANA News
Washington Begins Work on Infrastructure
Equipment Condition, DVIRs Benefit Terminal Throughput
Effective Steps Can Be Taken When Terminal Capacity Is Tight
Freight Report
Chassis Market Changes Focus on Pools, Efficiency
Blockchain Presented as Option to Aid Intermodal Information Flow
Buying Decisions, Truck and Real Estate Costs Transform Transloads
Gender Diversity Makes Good Business Sense
Government News
International Intermodal News
Intermodal Information Services News
New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
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Insights - March/April 2018 - IANA News
Insights - March/April 2018 - Washington Begins Work on Infrastructure
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Insights - March/April 2018 - Equipment Condition, DVIRs Benefit Terminal Throughput
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Insights - March/April 2018 - Effective Steps Can Be Taken When Terminal Capacity Is Tight
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Insights - March/April 2018 - Freight Report
Insights - March/April 2018 - Chassis Market Changes Focus on Pools, Efficiency
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Insights - March/April 2018 - Blockchain Presented as Option to Aid Intermodal Information Flow
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Insights - March/April 2018 - 25
Insights - March/April 2018 - 26
Insights - March/April 2018 - Buying Decisions, Truck and Real Estate Costs Transform Transloads
Insights - March/April 2018 - 28
Insights - March/April 2018 - Gender Diversity Makes Good Business Sense
Insights - March/April 2018 - Government News
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Insights - March/April 2018 - International Intermodal News
Insights - March/April 2018 - 34
Insights - March/April 2018 - Intermodal Information Services News
Insights - March/April 2018 - New Members
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Insights - March/April 2018 - 38
Insights - March/April 2018 - Intermodal Calendar
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