US DOT Issues National Freight Strategic Plan
September 4, 2020
Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao released the first-ever National
Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP). It is the latest effort by the Department and the
Trump Administration to strengthen America’s economic competitiveness. The NFSP
lays out a vision for long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce,
and other essential parts of the freight system.
“The Department is unveiling the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan so
that the U.S. can maintain our competitive edge across major industries like
agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and E-commerce,” said U.S.
Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
day, America’s transportation network moves more than 51 million tons of freight
and energy products valued at nearly $52 billion via highways, railways, ports
and inland waterways, pipelines, and airports. The growth in freight demand due
to increasing use of e-commerce and global supply chains in recent years has
strained our freight system, and could threaten the competitive advantage of
American businesses. As these supply chains continue to spread across the world,
America’s ability to compete could be limited by inadequate infrastructure and a
lack of preparation for incorporating innovative technologies.
The NFSP provides a clear path to improve the safety, security, and resilience
of the national freight system. It also details how we can modernize freight
infrastructure and operations to grow the economy and increase competitiveness.
Additionally, the NFSP lays out a plan to prepare for the future by supporting
the development of data, technologies, and workforce capabilities that improve
freight system performance.