The Congressional PORTS Caucus, with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) will hold an Infrastructure Week briefing on Capitol Hill, exploring how the FAST Act’s multi-modal freight provisions are being implemented, and what strategic multi-modal freight planning and investments mean for regional economies and stakeholders from seaports to trucking to railroads and beyond.
Congressional PORTS Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) will deliver opening remarks, followed by a panel of stakeholders representing the operators and consumers of multi-modal freight infrastructure, including:
- Moderator: Steve Cernak, CEO, Port Everglades and incoming Chairman, American Association of Port Authorities
- The Honorable Dr. Shawn Wilson – Secretary of Transportation, Louisiana Department of Transportation
- Larry Kelly, Deputy Port Director, Port of Port Arthur, TX
- Roger Nober, Chief Legal Officer, BNSF Railway
- David Manning, First Vice-Chairman, American Trucking Associations and President and CEO, TCW
Sixty years after President Eisenhower proposed and began building out the Interstate Highway System in 1956, the FAST Act created the first-ever funded freight program that brought ports and freight fully into the surface transportation network.
In 2016, AAPA and AASHTO’s State of Freight II reported that one year after the passage of the FAST Act two-thirds of states already had developed state freight plans – a momentous development for building an efficient, reliable, resilient freight system. As states implement their freight plans and draw on $11 billion in freight funding, how are water-side (seaports), landside (trucking and rail), and state government stakeholders working together to utilize the tools of the FAST Act and what more needs to be done as we prepare for Trump Administration’s infrastructure initiative later this year?
This event is open to Congressional Staff and the public and press. Please RSVP to Michael.Edwards@mail.house.gov or Ben.Kane@mail.house.gov.