Feb. 26, 2014 — Administration Funds TIGER Grants and Releases Basics for a Four-year Reauthorization Bill
On Wednesday, February 26, President Obama announced the availability of $600 million in TIGER (Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery) grants for this fiscal year and outlined the basics of his Administration’s proposal for a four-year, $302 billion transportation reauthorization bill. Key provisions of the bill include: a new $10 billion multimodal freight grant program for rail, highway and port projects; permanent authorization of the TIGER program with $5 billion funding of the program over the course of the four-year bill; $4 billion to attract private investment in transportation infrastructure; and the goal of improving project delivery and the federal permitting and regulatory review process.
Feb. 17, 2014 — IANA Comments on FHWA’s Draft of the Primary Freight Network (PFN)
Commenting on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) draft designation of the Primary Freight Network (PFN), the Intermodal Association of North America has called for “Intermodal Connectors” to be added. These important road segments, already recognized as part of the National Highway System (NHS), were omitted based on the designation criteria used by the FHWA. On a related issue, IANA recently met with the Chief Economist of the US Department of Transportation and staff to discuss the Department’s upcoming “Conditions and Performance Report” (CPR) which is due to be submitted to Congress later on this year. The Association emphasized the need to address the entire freight transportation system versus previous reports’ focus on highways and transit. View IANA’s PRN comments here.
Jan. 24, 2014 — New Report Explores the “Second Intermodal Revolution”
Transportation analyst Tony Hatch shares insights on the progress of intermodal transportation in a just-published white paper titled, “Ten Years After: The Second Intermodal Revolution,” sponsored by the Association of American Railroads and IANA. View the white paper here.