New House Panel to Focus on Improving US Freight Transportation

New House Panel to Focus on Improving US Freight Transportation

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman, and Nick Rahall, II, D-W.Va., ranking member of the committee, today announced the members of a special panel that will focus on improving freight transportation in the United States.

Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., will chair the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, with Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., serving as the panel’s ranking member.

“Given that freight transportation cuts across many modes, this panel will play a critical role in providing recommendations on how to improve the efficient movement of goods between highways, ports, inland waterways, railroads, air carriers, and pipelines,” Rep. Shuster said in a written statement.

Rep. Rahall commented, “The smooth movement of cargo across all these modes of transportation is essential in keeping our economy moving which is why this panel’s task of improving the efficiency of our interconnected freight network takes on such importance.”

The special panel will serve for a period of six months, beginning with its first scheduled hearing on April 24. Additional details about the panel’s first hearing will be announced later.