Seaport industry group: Funding bill addresses freight-mobility needs

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle
AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle | Contributed photo
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) praised U.S. senators for including several seaport-industry freight-mobility priorities in legislation recently advanced by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).

The legislation, dubbed the Developing Roadway Infrastructure for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Act of 2015, is a $278 billion, six-year transportation reauthorization bill. In it are a national freight plan and a dedicated freight program.

The bill also includes a $13.5 billion program for freight transportation that will span six years, intermodal connectors to seaports in a re-designation of the National Freight Network, expanded port eligibility in the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, and $2.4 billion in competitive grants for a Major Projects Program and several other priorities.

“Many of the legislation’s provisions and funding allocations stem from, or are in line with, AAPA freight policy and input from our U.S.-member ports in our 2015 State of Freight report,” AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said. “With port-cargo activity now accounting for more than a quarter of the U.S. economy, America’s ports are the nation’s economic lifeline."

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