With the adoption of Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a new feature of America’s surface transportation law is its emphasis on freight.
The new law establishes a new National Highway Freight Network and over the next five years will direct $6.3 billion in federal formula funding to states to invest in infrastructure and operations that improve the efficient movement of freight on that network.
Washington Senator Maria Cantwell championed the creation of the new funding source within the FAST Act.
PSRC is leading up the charge, in close coordination with WSDOT and the FAST Freight Advisory Committee, for the region to identify critical urban freight corridors to be included on the National Highway Freight Network in order to better compete for the new funding.
The recommendation includes routes in Everett, Seattle, Tukwila, Frederickson, and SKIA.
The Executive Board is scheduled to act on the recommendation on July 28.
In addition, the board will finalize the list of projects recommended to receive PSRC funding and enjoy a presentation on data trends in the region. See the full agenda for the meeting here.