The Secretary of Transportation 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, freight railroads, shippers, carriers, freight-related associations, third-party logistics providers, 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—
advise the State on freight-related priorities, issues, projects, and funding needs;
serve as a forum for discussion for State transportation decisions affecting freight mobility;
promote the sharing of information between the private and public sectors on freight issues; and
participate in the development of the freight plan of the State described in section 70202.