National multimodal freight policy
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;
reduce congestion and eliminate bottlenecks on the National Multimodal Freight Network; and
increase productivity, particularly for domestic industries and businesses that create high-value jobs;
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;
to improve the economic efficiency and productivity of the National Multimodal Freight Network;
to improve the reliability of freight transportation;
(7) to improve the short- and long-distance movement of goods that—
travel across rural areas between population centers;
travel between rural areas and population centers; and
travel from the Nation’s ports, airports, and gateways to the National Multimodal Freight Network;
to improve the flexibility of States to support multi-State corridor planning and the creation of multi-State organizations to increase the ability of States to address multimodal freight connectivity;
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—
carry out sections 70102 and 70103;
assist with the coordination of modal freight planning; and
identify interagency data sharing opportunities to promote freight planning and coordination.
A prior section 70101 was transferred and renumbered as section 50901 of Title 51, National and Commercial Space Programs.
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