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S. 1765: Future of Freight Mobility Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of May 20, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1765

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 20, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend title 23, United States Code, to provide greater flexibility for multimodal freight improvements, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Future of Freight Mobility Act of 2021.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the national movement of freight is critical to the economic growth of the United States, transporting $1,240,000,000,000 in goods each year, accounting for nearly 6 percent of annual gross domestic product in the United States;

(2)

multimodal movement of freight, via road, air, rail and water, is critical to the national competitiveness of the United States, supporting every sector of the United States economy by employing a cohesive network to both distribute goods around the country and deliver exports of the United States to the rest of the world;

(3)

the United States inland waterways system moves more than 500,000,000,000 tons of waterborne cargo every year, valued at over $130,000,000,000, and sustains over 65,000 jobs;

(4)

the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (referred to in this Act as the MKARNS) moves more than $4,000,000,000 in critical commodities every year and supports more than 56,000 jobs, driving economic growth and efficiency for a 12-State region consisting of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, and Idaho;

(5)

Congress authorized the Corps of Engineers to deepen the MKARNS from 9 feet to 12 feet in 2003, and approximately 90 percent of the MKARNS is already 12 feet deep; and

(6)

in 2015, the Maritime Administration—

(A)

designated the MKARNS as Marine Highway Corridor M–40; and

(B)

changed the status of the MKARNS from a moderate to high-use waterway after waterborne commerce increased.

3.

Federal-aid highway program

(a)

Nationally significant freight and highway projects

Section 117(d)(1)(A) of title 23, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in clause (iii)(II), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in clause (iv), by striking and at the end and inserting or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(v)

a project on Marine Highway Corridor M–40 in Arkansas and Oklahoma on the Arkansas, Verdigris, and White Rivers, if the Secretary determines that the project—

(I)

is functionally connected to the National Highway Freight Network; and

(II)

is likely to reduce on-road mobile source emissions; and

.

(b)

Congestion mitigation and air quality improvement program

Section 149(b) of title 23, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (8)(B), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (9), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(10)

if the project is a project on Marine Highway Corridor M–40 in Arkansas and Oklahoma on the Arkansas, Verdigris, and White Rivers that—

(A)

is functionally connected to the Federal-aid highway system; and

(B)

the Secretary determines is likely to contribute to the attainment or maintenance of a national ambient air quality standard.

.

(c)

National highway freight program

Section 167(i)(5)(B) of title 23, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in clause (i), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(iii)

on Marine Highway Corridor M–40 in Arkansas and Oklahoma on the Arkansas, Verdigris, and White Rivers, if the Secretary determines that the project—

(I)

is functionally connected to the National Highway Freight Network; and

(II)

is likely to reduce on-road mobile source emissions.

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