This article has been reprinted from the Nov. 29 USDA Grain Transportation Report.
Last week, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) released a pre-published version of Critical Issues in Transportation 2018, which poses questions to explore for issues and opportunities that may arise 10 to 20 years into the future.
The report notes, “…rankings of U.S. logistics and freight infrastructure systems show the United States lagging behind our trading partners.
"Freight movement is expected to continue to grow dramatically in the coming decades to serve an expanding population and growing economy.
"Without a resolution to funding shortfalls for public infrastructure, however, additional freight movements will increasingly contribute to bottlenecks and capacity problems.
"Growing expectations about the rapid delivery of goods ordered online and the need to solve the complexities and costs of urban freight movements, especially the ‘last mile’ problem, are particularly acute topics for the freight sector.”