Anthony Foxx, secretary of the Department of Transportation, announced that his department is now reviewing the 81 recommendations outlined in a June report by the recently formed National Freight Advisory Committee.
The committee’s recommendations
include having the DOT “encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance,” as well as protecting and ensuring adequate domestic transportation funding, including creating a new multimodal freight fund, and streamlining the regulatory-review process. The panel also noted that DOT should harmonize regulatory practices across modes, when possible.
“Our nation’s economic competitiveness depends on a transportation network that can move freight safely and efficiently, especially as we are expected to move double the current amount by 2050,” Foxx said in a statement. “I appreciate the work of the advisory committee — their suggestions will help inform the department’s work improving our country’s future freight system.”