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National Urban Freight Conference . Long Beach, California December 6, 2007 Mortimer L. Downey Chairman, PB Consult, Inc. National Urban Freight Conference. Plenary Session Freight Policy Issues and Research Opportunities. National Urban Freight Conference . Legislative Context For

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national urban freight conference
National Urban Freight Conference

Long Beach, California

December 6, 2007

Mortimer L. Downey

Chairman, PB Consult, Inc

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National Urban Freight Conference

Plenary Session

Freight Policy Issues and

Research Opportunities

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National Urban Freight Conference

Legislative Context

For

Goods Movement Policy

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National Urban Freight Conference

AASHTO Freight Transportation Bottom Line Report, 2006

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National Urban Freight Conference

Railroad Freight Flows 2035

  • Source: Cambridge Systematics Study for Association of American Railroads
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Trade Policy Needs Transportation Policy as its Support
    • Our Trade Policy is for 2007
    • Our Transportation Policy is vintage 1956-1977
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Matching our System to Today’s Demands
  • And Thinking About the Future
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • We Want Economic Growth and Prosperity
  • But They Can Bring Along Congestion
  • How Can We Respond Quickly?
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Changes in Transportation Policy Don’t Happen Overnight
    • 1894-1916 What Can We Do
    • 1916-1956 Get the Farmer Out of the Mud
    • 1956-1991 Build the Interstates
    • 1991-2009 Environment and System Enhancement
    • What’s Next? And When?
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National Urban Freight Conference

4.5 trillion to “improve”

$1.2 trillion gap to improve

$450 billion gap to maintain

3.7 trillion to “maintain”

3.3 trillion in Resources

Source: Based on Future Highway and Public Transportation Finance Study, US Chamber of Commerce (2005)

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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Many Groups Are Looking at the Future
  • Goods Movement is on their Agenda
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Looking to the Future
    • Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors—”Corridor Summit”
      • Alameda East
      • Ben Franklin
      • Atlantic Commerce
      • I-95
      • I-80
      • Liberty Corridor (NJ)
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Looking to the Future
    • Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors—”Corridor Summit”
      • Northern Tier (ME-Canada)
      • FAST Corridor
      • West Coast Coalition
      • Tehachapi Corridor
      • Heartland Corridor
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Looking to the Future
    • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
      • Critical Commerce Corridors Program

US Chamber of Commerce

-Americans for Transportation Mobility

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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Looking to the Future
    • National Committee for America 2050
      • Mega-Regional Focus
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Looking to the Future
    • National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission
      • Report at Year End 2007
    • National Surface Transportation Financing Commission
      • Interim Report at Year End 2007
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • What’s The Vision?
  • How Do We Change Policy?
  • What’s the Legislative Opportunity?
  • How Can Research Influence Policy?
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Legislative Opportunity
    • New Legislation (TEA-4?)
      • Need to be in place October 1, 2009
      • Comes After Next Election
        • New President, New Congress
      • Old Issues Will Return
      • Backdrop of Revenue Problems
        • Trust Fund Solvency
        • Long Term Federal Budget Issues
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Hopeful Signs for Freight Policy
    • Lessons learned in the 1990’s-especially in Alameda Corridor
    • Ongoing USDOT Efforts
      • Congestion Focus
      • National Freight Framework
    • Freight as a Focus in SAFETEA-LU
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Constraints to Change
    • Fiscal
      • Short Term and Long Term Budget Problems
    • Programmatic
      • Donor/Donee and Earmarks
      • Interest Group Politics
    • Institutional
      • Silos within the Administration and the Congress
      • Roles of States and MPOs
      • Separation of Public and Private Transportation Modes
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Building an Action Agenda-Key Levers for Change
    • Concern for Economic Growth and Competitiveness
    • Fear of Trust Fund Bankruptcy
    • Climate Change Debate
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Key Elements of Change
    • Adequate Resources
    • Goods Movement
    • Institutions
    • Greater Flexibility of Funding
    • Earmark Control
    • Sustainability
    • Research and Technology
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Policy Innovations
    • New Revenue Mechanisms
      • Greater Use of Congestion Pricing and Tolling
      • Eventual Road Pricing
    • Public Private Partnerships in Service Delivery
    • Attention to Urban Freight Issues
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National Urban Freight Conference
  • Summary
    • There Should be Legislation in 2009
    • It Should be the First Step in a new Cycle
      • “New Authorization not Reauthorization”
    • It Won’t be the Last Step but it needs to Set the Pattern