The Virginia Department of Transportation on Monday announced completion of an intermodal freight transportation study and investment strategy for future freight infrastructure. The commonwealth’s effort could be a model for other states, according to Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton.
The study “enabled us to identify projects that are most important to moving nearly $2 trillion worth of freight annually throughout Virginia,” Connaughton said. The work would contribute some $350 billion to the state’s economy and jobs.
The study identifies transportation high priority projects in all modes – port, highway, rail, air and marine highway – and includes policies and initiatives to supplement capital investment.
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Connaughton last week told the audience at the Journal of Commerce North American Marine Highways and Logistics Conference that other states are looking at the Virginia study as an example of what they can do, especially in the absence of a federal comprehensive freight transportation strategy.
Connaughton, former U.S. maritime administrator, is discussing the idea with other states as chairman of the water transportation committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
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