(Added Pub. L. 112–141, div. A, title I, § 1115(a),July 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 468.)
References in Text
The date of enactment of this section, referred to in subsecs. (d)(1)(A), (f)(1), (g), and (h)(1), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 112–141
, which was approved July 6, 2012.
Section effective Oct. 1, 2012, see section 3(a) ofPub. L. 112–141
, set out as an Effective and Termination Dates of 2012 Amendment note under section
of this title.
Freight Movement Projects, Advisory Committees, and Plans
Pub. L. 112–141
1116. PRIORITIZATION OF PROJECTS TO IMPROVE FREIGHT MOVEMENT.
, div. A, title I, §§ 1116–1118,July 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 472
, 473, provided that:
“(a) In General.—Notwithstanding section
, United States Code, the Secretary may increase the Federal share payable for any project to 95 percent for projects on the Interstate System and 90 percent for any other project if the Secretary certifies that the project meets the requirements of this section.
“(b) Increased Funding.—To be eligible for the increased Federal funding share under this section, a project shall—
“(1) demonstrate the improvement made by the project to the efficient movement of freight, including making progress towards meeting performance targets for freight movement established under section
, United States Code; and
“(2) be identified in a State freight plan developed pursuant to section
“(c) Eligible Projects.—Eligible projects to improve the movement of freight under this section may include, but are not limited to—
“(1) construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and operational improvements directly relating to improving freight movement;
“(2) intelligent transportation systems and other technology to improve the flow of freight;
“(3) efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of freight movement on the primary freight network;
“(4) railway-highway grade separation;
“(5) geometric improvements to interchanges and ramps. [sic]
“(6) truck-only lanes;
“(7) climbing and runaway truck lanes;
“(8) truck parking facilities eligible for funding under section
“(9) real-time traffic, truck parking, roadway condition, and multimodal transportation information systems;
“(10) improvements to freight intermodal connectors; and
“(11) improvements to truck bottlenecks.
1117. STATE FREIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEES.
“(a) In General.—The Secretary shall encourage each State to establish a freight advisory committee consisting of a representative cross-section of public and private sector freight stakeholders, including representatives of ports, shippers, carriers, freight-related associations, the freight industry workforce, the transportation department of the State, and local governments.
“(b) Role of Committee.—A freight advisory committee of a State described in subsection (a) shall—
“(1) advise the State on freight-related priorities, issues, projects, and funding needs;
“(2) serve as a forum for discussion for State transportation decisions affecting freight mobility;
“(3) communicate and coordinate regional priorities with other organizations;
“(4) promote the sharing of information between the private and public sectors on freight issues; and
“(5) participate in the development of the freight plan of the State described in section
1118. STATE FREIGHT PLANS.
“(a) In General.—The Secretary shall encourage each State to develop a freight plan that provides a comprehensive plan for the immediate and long-range planning activities and investments of the State with respect to freight.
“(b) Plan Contents.—A freight plan described in subsection (a) shall include, at a minimum—
“(1) an identification of significant freight system trends, needs, and issues with respect to the State;
“(2) a description of the freight policies, strategies, and performance measures that will guide the freight-related transportation investment decisions of the State;
“(3) a description of how the plan will improve the ability of the State to meet the national freight goals established under section
167 of title
, United States Code;
“(4) evidence of consideration of innovative technologies and operational strategies, including intelligent transportation systems, that improve the safety and efficiency of freight movement;
“(5) in the case of routes on which travel by heavy vehicles (including mining, agricultural, energy cargo or equipment, and timber vehicles) is projected to substantially deteriorate the condition of roadways, a description of improvements that may be required to reduce or impede the deterioration; and
“(6) an inventory of facilities with freight mobility issues, such as truck bottlenecks, within the State, and a description of the strategies the State is employing to address those freight mobility issues.
“(c) Relationship to Long-range Plan.—A freight plan described in subsection (a) may be developed separate from or incorporated into the statewide strategic long-range transportation plan required by section
, United States Code.”