Freight-corridor Funding a Key Part of Transportation Bill
Another victory for the Southern California commuting public has been reached in the Senate. A bipartisan Senate leadership effort by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee was approved unanimously to fund a six-year transportation bill for transportation improvements. The plan, dubbed the DRIVE Act, is a significant step in the right direction for a highway and freight system that has been losing ground for years. Particularly noteworthy is the inclusion of a formula-based program for funding freight corridors. In Southern California, goods movement and related logistics industries account for one-third of all jobs and economic activity. With shipments into and out of SoCal ports expected to triple in the next 20 years, having an adequate freight infrastructure in place is critical to the region’s economic viability.