Developing a National Freight Strategy

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act establishes a National Multimodal Freight Policy that includes national goals to guide decision-making and requires the development of a National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) to implement the goals of the new National Multimodal Freight Policy. The U.S. DOT is currently developing an NFSP, which will serve to inform infrastructure planning, coordinate investments, and support future freight efficiencies that improve the freight industry’s experience. 

The NFSP will assess the conditions and performance of the Nation’s multimodal freight system and identify corridors and bottlenecks for the movement of freight produced by American energy, agriculture, manufacturing, and natural resources industries. It will provide a strategic framework to guide strategic initiatives, support multi-jurisdictional and cross-sector collaboration, and identify freight data gaps. 

The U.S. DOT is seeking input from public and private transportation stakeholders including state and local agencies, industry trade groups, and shippers to aid the development of the National Freight Strategic Plan. DOT recognizes the importance of engaging with the public and private industry to develop a clear, national vision for freight transportation that is inclusive of both public- and private-sector perspectives.

The Federal Register Request for Information can be found here. For further questions or comments please email

Last updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2020


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