The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) May 29 held a public meeting to finalize its recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as he develops the National Freight Strategic Plan. The plan is required by the 2012 surface transportation program reauthorization law and includes input from state departments of transportation and other stakeholders brought together by the NFAC. One recommendation discussed during the meeting was the possibility of expanding the National Highway System to include multiple modes, which several speakers claim would improve funding options for freight projects, including access to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) resources. However, the idea was met with concern that the cash-strapped HTF is unable to satisfy its current obligations, and that expanding the reach of the HTF would not be a practical solution. The next step in this process is to pass the NFAC recommendations on to Secretary Foxx.
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