Sen. Cantwell to tout bill aimed at speeding freight

The nation’s ability to move freight will draw attention today as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will tout new legislation aimed at speeding freight and reducing the environmental impacts of freight traffic.

Cantwell, a co-author of the proposed “Focusing Resources, Economic Investment, and Guidance to Help Transportation (FREIGHT) Act,” will discuss the legislation at 1:30 p.m. today at the Port of Tacoma’s administration office. She will be joined by more than a dozen port, rail and labor officials.

The legislation would establish the country’s first comprehensive national freight transportation policy and create a new Office of Freight Planning and Development within the U.S. Department of Transportation. The legislation’s goals include: increasing travel time reliability on major freight corridors; creating a new competitive grant program for freight-specific infrastructure projects; and reducing national freight transportation-related carbon dioxide levels by 40 percent by 2030.