AAPA Lauds Focus of Senate Transportation Proposal

press release
Thursday, November 10, 2011
AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle

Senate EPW’s 2-year reauthorization proposal includes much of AAPA’s platform.


The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) supports a number of the provisions included in legislation marked up today by the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. S.1813—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21— would fund highway programs at $85.3 billion over two years, contains no project earmarks, adds mechanisms for performance measurements, accelerates project delivery and streamlines the environmental review process.

 

The bipartisan bill focuses on many elements included in of AAPA’s Surface Transportation Authorization platform and directly addresses freight policy at the state and federal levels. MAP-21 would consolidate state apportioned formula funding into six core program areas, one of which is a National Freight Program. The National Freight Program includes a National Freight Strategy with performance targets for states and includes the ability for states to obligate up to 10 percent of their freight apportionment to maritime and rail projects. “This bill directly addresses freight intermodal connectors, railway and highway grade separations, geometric improvements to interchanges and ramps, and other infrastructure aspects important to seaport connectivity,” said AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle. “AAPA and our partners have worked tirelessly to prioritize freight in the next transportation reauthorization bill.”

 

In highlighting the various freight aspects in MAP-21, Mr. Nagle also applauded the bill’s co-sponsors: EPW Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA); EPW Committee Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK); Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT); and T&I Subcommittee Ranking Member Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). “I commend these four senators for working together in the national interest to craft legislation that would raise the priority for goods movement,” he said. “Improving America’s freight transportation system, which includes seaports, will create jobs, reduce traffic congestion, reduce pollution and deliver prosperity through more competitive, lower-cost trade.” The summary and the full text of MAP-21 is available through the Senate EPW web site.

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

MOL Expands Container Fleet

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced today that the company has signed a deal for construction of four 20,000 TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries.

Record Thames Ridership

A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan,

Tallink & Meyer Turku to Build LNG Ferry

AS Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy signed a contract for the construction of LNG powered fast ferry for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations. The dual

Ports

India to Appoint Coastal Shipping Consultant

As part of Narendra Modi government plan to promote coastal shipping, India is all set to appoint a consultancy firm to assist the Shipping Ministry.    The

Long Beach Harbor Tour Season

Long Beach Port is once again giving tourists opportunity to enjoy a rare view of port operations on a free Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The organizers are

Mariners Transiting Delaware River Cautioned

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Upper Delaware River lighted buoy 33 (LLNR 3875) and Upper Delaware River lighted buoy

Government Update

Italy to Begin Naval Exercises off Libya

Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach

India to Appoint Coastal Shipping Consultant

As part of Narendra Modi government plan to promote coastal shipping, India is all set to appoint a consultancy firm to assist the Shipping Ministry.    The

Indian Ports to Set Sail on Corporatization

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Union Budget 2015 that government-run ports in India will be encouraged to corporatize and become companies under the Companies Act.

Logistics

1st lifejacket for Working at heights

The first lifejacket custom-designed specifically for offshore personnel carrying out rope access or work at height has been developed by Survitec Group, the

Golden Ocean, Knightsbridge Set for Merger

Dry bulk shipping companies Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) and the listed dry bulk shipping company in John Fredriksen's business empire Knightsbridge Shipping

Delay in Relocating Guangzhou Shipyard

Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) has not commenced the relocation of its factory. According to the plan of Guangzhou city, the shipyard should have finished

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2022 sec (5 req/sec)