U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Key Freight Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing designating certain highways as the Primary Freight Network (PFN), a requirement under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. MAP-21 calls for the Secretary of Transportation to designate up to 27,000 miles on existing interstates and other roadways, with a possible addition of 3,000 miles in the future, as a PFN to help states strategically direct resources toward improving freight movement.

In a proposal in the Federal Register, the DOT identified more than 41,000 miles of connected roadways that a Federal Highway Administration analysis showed would be necessary to transport goods efficiently on highways throughout the U.S.

FHWA will provide an overview of the draft network in a “Talking Freight” seminar on Dec. 6. In addition, the public can comment on the draft designation, including the importance of a connected highway PFN, the routes proposed for final initial designation of the network, and the appropriate size and criteria for the network and potential uses for the highway network. Comments can be submitted on Regulations.gov under docket number FHWA-2013-0050. 

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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