49 U.S. Code § 70101. National multimodal freight policy
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It is the policy of the United States to maintain and improve the condition and performance of the National Multimodal Freight Network established under section 70103 to ensure that the Network provides a foundation for the United States to compete in the global economy and achieve the goals described in subsection (b).
(b)Goals.—The goals of the national multimodal freight policy are—
(1) to identify infrastructure improvements, policies, and operational innovations that—
strengthen the contribution of the National Multimodal Freight Network to the economic competitiveness of the United States;
to improve the safety, security, efficiency, and resiliency of multimodal freight transportation;
to achieve and maintain a state of good repair on the National Multimodal Freight Network;
to use innovation and advanced technology to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the National Multimodal Freight Network;
(7) to improve the short- and long-distance movement of goods that—
to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of freight movement on the National Multimodal Freight Network; and
to pursue the goals described in this subsection in a manner that is not burdensome to State and local governments.
(c)Implementation.—The Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, who shall be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the national multimodal freight policy, shall—