Friday, June 01, 2012

Senator proposes DOT "freight initiative"

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Thursday asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to launch a "high-level and coordinated multimodal freight initiative at the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the management of freight programs, investment, coordination, and planning."

In a letter to LaHood, Cantwell said, "Americans need a smarter and more efficient approach to freight policy that is strategic about our position as a competitor in the worldwide marketplace and the need for an improved nationwide network that supports job growth long into the future."