AAPA Applauds Senate's MAP-21 Freight Focus Bill

Posted by George Backwell
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Kurt Nagle: Photo credit AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) says it praises the leadership of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee for releasing the six-year MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322) that puts a high priority on freight movement investments.

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said:

“We commend Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA and Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee), Senator David Vitter (R-LA and Ranking Member of the Committee), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE and Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee) for introducing the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, which is very freight-focused and includes language that requires states to develop freight plans and ensures those plans consider the needs of America’s seaports.

“The EPW leadership has crafted a bill with stronger provisions that not only mandate states to spend part of their federal apportionment on freight-related plans and projects, but that those plans and projects consider the needs of ports. The ‘last mile’ connections with seaports are historically the poorest maintained portions of the overall transportation system, possibly because their primary purpose is carrying freight rather than passenger traffic.

“We’re also pleased to see the bill re-introduces a Projects of Regional or National Significance freight program that includes the connections with ports as being eligible for funding.  The bill also allows states to mitigate for freight transportation impacts, such as authorizing grants for clean truck programs and diesel reduction strategies.

“With growing international trade volumes now accounting for more than a quarter of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, America’s ports are the nation’s economic lifeline. Bills such as this that prioritize freight movement and encourage the efficient movement of goods into and out of America’s ports help ensure there’s an effective utilization of limited resources that pays dividends through sizable tax revenues, increased trade and commerce, long-term job creation, secure borders and environmental stewardship.”

About AAPA
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents more than 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and about 300 sustaining, associate and honorary members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports.

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