"The United States freight system underpins the nation's continued economic growth, and historically the U.S. has led the world in freight system design and management. Today the nation faces a new challenge. Dramatically increasing freight flows have created congestion in the transportation system, imposing costs on shippers, consumers, and the environment. The U.S. freight system faces significant capacity constraints at key freight gateways, and the Department of Transportation doesn't have the tools--or the authority--to remedy all of the problems on its own. Effective policy solutions will require coordinated and collaborative action by both public and private parties. That coordination and collaboration starts with focused communication about a framework for action. To bring together public and private stakeholders around a common vision, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposes this Framework for a National Freight Policy. The framework lays out a vision and objectives, then details strategies and tactics that the Department and its partners - both public and private sector - can pursue to achieve those objectives. To be credible and achievable, the framework requires input and buy-in from the broader freight sector, including both public and private sector interests. The Department has begun the process of soliciting such input, and DOT looks forward to working with its partners to further develop the framework over the coming months."
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