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Sires Introduces Bipartisan Freight Panel Final Recommendations

Oct 29, 2013
Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Erica Daughtrey

October 29, 2013                                                                    201-309-0301

Sires Introduces Bipartisan Freight Panel Final Recommendations

(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Albio Sires joined his colleagues to introduce the final recommendations of the specially appointed “Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation.”  The ad-hoc subcommittee has met over the past six months to examine the role freight transportation plays in the U.S. economy and how the federal government can work to increase the efficiency, safety, and security of our critical transportation network.

Included in the Panel’s findings are several key policy provisions put forth in Congressman Sires’s MOVE Freight Act, including recommendations that Congress should direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a true multimodal freight network that takes all modes of goods movement into account, the creation of comprehensive state freight plans, and robust, dedicated funding for freight transportation infrastructure projects. 

“In New Jersey, more than 11% of our workers are involved in transportation, logistics, and distribution—well above the national average—and my district is home to one of the largest sea ports in the country, so involvement on this panel has been a key priority for me,” remarked Congressman Sires.  “These common sense, bipartisan recommendations will help ensure that New Jersey remains competitive and it will ensure that our nation, which moves nearly $20 trillion in goods on our transportation network each year, remains competitive.”

The findings of the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation will play a key role in the development of a long-term surface transportation bill, which is expected to be completed before the end of 2014.