Freight is key to Missouri’s economic prosperity because freight is the economy in motion.
MoDOT Director and AASHTO President Patrick McKenna recently joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in the virtual launch of the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan.
The goal of the plan is to allow the U.S. to maintain its competitive edge in major industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and e-commerce.
In Missouri, the multimodal freight system supports the movement of trucks, trains, barges and planes. Together, these modes transport one billion tons of freight valued at more than $1.2 trillion per year, including national and international food supplies.
The rapid growth in freight demand due to increasing use of e-commerce and global supply chains is causing a strain on the national freight system that could threaten the competitive advantage of American businesses. Read more