|The Grow America Act will give shippers transportation
providers and freight workers a seat at the table for making investment
decisions, including ITS. The $18
billion in grants will be award for projects as identified by states,
communities, and ports with transportation stakeholders to identify
infrastructure projects that serve a public and immediate need to improve the
movement of freight.
|Grow America will better allight planning among the Federal
Government, states, ports, and local communities to improve decision
making. Grow America incentivizes
States to collaborate and establish long term freight strategic plans that
will help inform a National Freight Strategic Plan by the U.S. DOT that will
serve as a basis for how the Department can best support the needs of
shippers, comsumers, ports, communities, states, and transportation provides. States that pursue sound planning involving
multimodal stakeholders to improve freight mobility will be rewarded with
direct formula funding to support game-changing freight investment. States that coordinate with neighboring
States to improve multimodal freight corridors will als be considered for
additional funding to support those investments.
|If we dont make these investemnts, one study estimates
that roadway congestion delays cost shippers approximately $10 billion per
year. The Americal Society of Civil Engineers found the economy could lose
almost $1 tillion in business and sales a lose 3.5 jobs annually by 2020 if
we fail to build our infrastructure to keep pace with growth.