What is NASCO? Pt. II

What is NASCO’s purpose/mission?

Answer: NASCO’s purpose is to boost economic activity while supporting needed infrastructure improvements, technological/security innovations and environmental initiatives along the Corridor. In doing so, NASCO’s efforts have and will continue to create job opportunities and enhance the well being of workers, residents and consumers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

What is the focus of the NASCO organization?

Answer:

NASCO’ focus is on maximizing the efficiency of our existing transportation infrastructure to support international trade and our nation’s cargo security. We recognize the extraordinary implications for our nation’s long-term economic prosperity of our transport system’s ability to sustain that growth.

NASCO utilizes strategic planning, coordination, advocacy and education to encourage best practices and cooperation that will boost economic activity and support needed infrastructure improvements, technological innovations and environmental initiatives within the SuperCorridor.

What are NASCO’s goals?

Answer: NASCO’s goals include the development of safe and secure cargo tracking and management processes, data aggregation and logistics systems to enhance Homeland Security while also facilitating tri-national trade, economic development and job creation.

And…. the most important…..

What is the NASCO SuperCorridor territory?

Answer: The NASCO Corridor encompasses multimodal transportation infrastructure on or in close proximity to U.S. Interstate Highways 35, 29 and 94, and the significant connectors to those highways in Canada and Mexico. The effectiveness of cargo movements along the NASCO Corridor directly impacts North America’s continental trade flow, the largest in the world.

*This all comes from their website* SITE

ABOUT THE HIGHWAYS

THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE

An enormous national transportation infrastructure response is urgently needed to meet current and future U.S. population and economic growth and soaring international trade.


Huge Basic Sustenance, Maintenance Requirements and Costs

Construction Costs. Between 1993 and 2015 highway and transit construction costs will have increased 70 percent.

Highway Investment. In 2005, highway capital investment was $75 billion, $33 billion or 45 percent of the total in Federal assistance, and $42 billion from the state and local level.

Restore Purchasing Power. To restore the program’s purchasing power, Federal highway assistance will have to increase from $43 billion in 2009 to $73 billion in 2015, and transit assistance will have to increase from $10.3 billion to $17.3 billion.

Current Spending Falls Short. The $75 billion in annual spending by federal, state and local governments combined falls short of levels needed just to maintain U.S. existing transportation infrastructure in good repair.


Disappearing Revenue streams to maintain and expand U.S. Infrastructure

US Fuel Tax Unchanged since 1993. The federal gasoline tax, the main support to the U.S. Highway Trust Fund that pays for road and bridge maintenance, hasn’t been raised since 1993.

US Highway Trust Fund Drying Up. The combination of greater capacity demands, increased spending requirements, higher construction costs and stagnant fuel tax revenues threatens to empty the U.S. Highway Trust Fund in 2009.

Fuels Tax Money Buys Less. Highway maintenance and new construction doesn’t go nearly as far as it did . . . Between 1960 and 1965 America built 144,000 miles of new highway. Between 2000 and 2005 it added just 59,000 miles of new highway.” – The Economist of London, Aug. 9, 2007, “America’s creaking infrastructure: A BRIDGE TOO FAR GONE.”

Infrastructure is required to meet current and future U.S. population growth, economic growth and international trade growth

Population. By 2007, the U.S. population grew to 303 million, up 130 million from 1955, the year prior to the start of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. Over the next 50 years, it is expected to grow to 435 million, up by 140 million.

Vehicles. By 2007, our highways carried 246 million cars and trucks. In 1955, our highways carried 65 million cars and trucks. That number is expected to reach nearly 400 million by 2055.

Vehicle Miles Traveled. Highway travel in the U.S. measured in “vehicle miles traveled,” increased to 3 trillion in 2006, up from 600 billion in 1955. The Federal Highway Administration forecasts that it will grow by 2.07 percent per year through 2022. Travel may exceed 7 trillion vehicle miles by 2055.

Projections of ever greater growth of U.S. transportation for world trade by 2035

Truck Freight. The U.S. DOT forecasts truck tonnage is expected to increase 114 percent between 2004 and 2035. Trucks are expected to carry 79 percent of total tonnage.

Rail Freight. Rail tonnage is expected to grow by 63 percent by 2035. Rail is expected to carry 13 percent of total tonnage in 2035, down from 14 percent in 2004.

NASCO Solutions to Transportation Infrastructure Challenge

NASCO has assisted in the lobbying effort to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the NASCO Corridor since 1994. The group’s efforts resulted in High Priority Corridor designated status for all 1,500 miles of I-35 from Laredo, Texas to Duluth, MN in 1995 and inclusion of same within the National Highway System under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA).

NASCO later assisted in achieving the same designation and status for the key NASCO Corridor IH 35 branches, all of IH 29 from Kansas City, MO to the border with Canada at Manitoba Province, and for the key IH 35 branch connection with IH 94 to the Detroit/Windsor, Ontario border crossing with Canada in later U.S. transportation legislation.

Advantage of Designation as a Congressional High Priority Corridor

Funding was provided either directly or indirectly for these corridors in the current (SAFETEA-LU) and the two previous (ISTEA and TEA-21) multiyear surface transportation authorizations.

Funding – ISTEA

Section 1105(f) of ISTEA authorized funding for fiscal years 1992 through 1997 for some specific high priority corridor segments, and Section 1105(h) authorized some additional funding for high priority corridor feasibility and design studies. NHS, STP and Bridge Program funds authorized by ISTEA could be used to fund improvements to high priority corridors. In certain instances, Interstate Maintenance funds authorized by ISTEA may be used to fund improvements to some high priority corridor routes.

Funding – TEA-21

Section 1602 of TEA-21 authorized funding for fiscal years 1998 through 2003 for some specific high priority corridor segments. Also, formula funds for the NHS, STP, Bridge Program, and in certain instances, Interstate Maintenance authorized by TEA-21 were used to fund improvements to high priority corridors. In addition, beginning in FY 1999, the planning and development of high priority corridors was eligible for funding under the discretionary National Corridor Planning and Development Program.

Funding – SAFETEA-LU

Various sections for SAFETEA-LU provide funds for these high priority corridors. For example, formula funds for the NHS, STP, Bridge Program, the Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program and in certain instances, Interstate Maintenance may be used to fund improvements to high priority corridors. Also, some projects specifically identified under section 1301 (Projects of Regional and National Significance), 1302 (National Corridor Infrastructure Improvement program) and 1701 (High Priority Projects program) will support improvements to these corridors.

NASCO successfully assisted in lobbying for the creation of two new categories. Under the Transportation Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21) – these new transportation support and funding categories were the National Corridor Planning & Development Program and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program.

SOURCES: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Highway Administration; and NASCO research

PILOT PROJECT

NAFTRACS PILOT PROJECT

NASCO is developing Corridor related Technology and Strategic Research Demonstration Projects that enhance the security, safety and efficiency of transportation, trade processing and logistics systems along the Corridor.

North American Facilitation of Transportation, Trade, Reduced Congestion & Security (NAFTRACS) is a pilot project designed to focus on business processes and information as freight is transported from buyers to sellers. The project is intended to create a partnership between businesses and local, state, and federal governments, while fostering cooperation amongst the same entities. The pilot project will use actual freight shipments moving through the I-35/29/80/94 trade corridor.

This project will engage voluntary industry participants who will allow actual freight shipments to be tracked and monitored for location and condition of freight. Various federal and state DOT participants will have access to the appropriate and necessary information as necessitated by the pilot project concept of operations rules and methodology. Business processes, systems architecture and data flow will comply with World Customs Organization’s (WCO) “Framework of Standards” to further facilitate North American trade and transport.

Some of the important goals of NAFTRACS are:

1. Demonstrate the benefits of enhanced information sharing and exchange on security in the trade process, while facilitating the process of trade transactions and their transportation.

2. Demonstrate and evaluate true integration of tracking device technologies, and how they perform with respect to security and facilitating cargo movement.

The results of the pilot project will exhibit improvement in freight mobility, velocity, and efficiency while reducing congestion and cost of trade. Some of the participants in the pilot project will be trucking companies, 3PL’s, brokers/freight forwarders, railroad operators, emergency responders and local, state and federal governments.

An operational system derived from this pilot version of the proof-of-concept information architecture will reduce the cost and congestion and improve the efficiency, mobility and velocity of freight and security of the North American trade, thus enabling U.S., Canadian and Mexican agencies to accomplish their vital border security and trade facilitation missions – providing for the Security and Prosperity of North America

NASCO CONFERENCE 2008

Guanajuato, Mexico
June 4-6, 2008

Join us in Guanajuato in our efforts to find solutions to North America’s vital transportation and security needs!

The NASCO Conference 2008 will take place in the colonial state of Guanajuato. We’ll explore key trade and transportation issues and opportunities for improved cooperation and economic partnership along the NASCO Corridor and beyond.

Conference panels and discussions will center on such issues as:

  • Strategic Development of Ports & Corridors
  • Gateways to Business Development: Connecting & Supporting New Ventures
  • Advancing Multi-Modal Transportation Networks
  • Opportunities & Challenges along the Corridor
  • Smarter, Greener: A New Era
  • Security of People and Freight
  • Growing the Corridor: Connecting Agricultural Producers & Rural Communities

For complete program information on the conference and/or to register please visit www.nascogto.com or you may contact Rachel Connell at (214) 744-1006.

NOW. Let’s Think About This…

What does this mean to you? What will happen? They are already seizing land in many states to construct this new highway. And, while most people will think this is ‘ok’, ‘as long as it ain’t MY land’….we need to think of the bigger picture.

When we have many countries operating individually, there is more of a chance for accountability, when a country is ‘naughty’. If all of the countries begin to connect within eachother – WHO WILL BE THE JUDGE?

Who will then hold them accountable?
By that time, we will all be under the thumb, and subject to the powers that be…

THINK ABOUT IT… just for a few minutes.

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  1. June 15th, 2008

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