Ensure maximum impact from freight mobility investments
Maximizing our nation’s freight mobility infrastructure is key to the United States’ global competitiveness and private sector job growth.
In an increasingly interconnected economy, the ability to move goods reliably and quickly is essential for both consumers and businesses. Unfortunately, freight bottlenecks and other forms of congestion already cost U.S. businesses about $200 billion a year – both because of the increased price to ship goods as well as transportation costs for raw materials and other inputs.
Freight mobility is particularly important to Washington’s international competitiveness. For example, at least 70% of the freight coming in through the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma is bound for destinations in the rest of the United States, meaning that shippers only choose our ports if they believe that they can efficiently and affordably get their goods from here to places like Chicago. Similarly, Washington exporters and importers rely on the ability to get their products from suppliers and to customers; if Washington’s freight mobility infrastructure doesn’t allow this in a reliable and efficient manner, they will have to move their operations elsewhere.
In 2015 Congress passed a long-term federal surface transportation bill with dedicated freight funding, and the Washington State Legislature passed a state transportation funding package. These investments have the potential to significantly strengthen and improve Washington’s freight mobility infrastructure. We need to ensure these investments are made in the most effective ways on projects that achieve maximum impact for our state’s residents.
Join WCIT in working to successfully address these concerns, and ensuring that Washington remains competitive in the international marketplace. To learn how you can get involved, contact Eric Schinfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.389.7273.