The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, led by the panel's Chairman, U.S. Rep John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), released its final report today on the current state of freight transportation in the United States and its recommendations for freight transportation improvements to strengthen the U.S. economy.
The special panel of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was established by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) in April.
"Chairman Duncan, Ranking Member Nadler, and the members of the Freight Panel did an excellent job of identifying the challenges to U.S. freight transportation efficiency, and they have made important recommendations the Committee will consider in our work to improve the Nation's infrastructure," Shuster said. "Moving goods and people effectively depends on all modes of transportation, which made the work and insight of this special panel so necessary to the Committee's legislative priorities."
"The smooth movement of cargo across our transportation network is an essential ingredient in increasing American competitiveness and growing American jobs," said Rahall. "The substantive and insightful recommendations made by this bipartisan panel will be of tremendous benefit to our Committee as we craft the next surface transportation bill and look to spur investment in all our transportation modes."
"Because bottlenecks at any point in the transportation system can seriously impede freight mobility and drive up the cost of the goods, improving the efficient and safe flow of freight across all modes of transportation directly impacts the health of the economy," said Duncan. "I was honored to chair a special panel on this critical issue, and I thank Ranking Member Nadler and the other panel members for their dedicated efforts as we worked to better understand our freight transportation challenges and provide recommendations that will help improve the Nation's competitiveness."
"Thank you, Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Rahall, for establishing the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation. I also want to thank Panel Chairman Jimmy Duncan and all of the Members of the Panel for their hard work on developing the Panel's findings and recommendations," said Nadler. "Over the past six months, we have had an opportunity to focus on how best to strengthen the freight network -- across all modes of transportation -- to meet current and future goods movement demands, whether it be grain shipments on the Mississippi or two-day Amazon.com deliveries to a New York apartment. I fully support this bipartisan report, signed by every Member of the Panel, and believe we have made a great start."