National Freight Strategic Plan unveiled

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released its National Freight Strategic Plan, laying out “a vision for long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce, and other essential parts of the freight system.”

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao unveiled the plan on Thursday, Sept. 3.

“The Department is unveiling the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan so that the U.S. can maintain our competitive edge across major industries like agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and E-commerce,” Chao said in a news release.

According to the DOT, America’s transportation network annually moves more than 51 million tons of freight and energy products valued at nearly $52 billion by using highways, railways, ports and inland waterways, pipelines and airports.

The plan is based around improving safety, infrastructure, and innovation, the DOT said.