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Obama Budget Fails to Recognize Freight, Fiscal Realities

ARLINGTON, Va., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today,

American Trucking Associations officials criticized the Obama

administration for proposing a budget that not only fails to recognize

the realities of freight and passenger transportation, but offers

nothing in the way of long-term stability for transportation funding.

"Today's proposed budget misses the mark when it comes to the

transportation needs of the U.S. economy," said ATA President Bill

Graves. "It provides no real funding solutions for the long-term

health of our infrastructure and proposes massive new subsidies for a

mode that moves a small proportion of America's freight and

passengers."

Freight railroads moved 14.7% of all domestic freight according to the

latest statistics, which pales compared to the 68.5% moved by

America's trucking industry.

"While freight railroads and intermodal rail play small, but important

roles in goods movement, the lifeblood of our economy is and will

continue to be the U.S. trucking industry," Graves said. "By

mid-January, this industry moved as much freight as the railroads will

move all year, and this budget proposes to re-direct funds from road

and bridge projects that would improve capacity and ease bottlenecks

to underwrite projects for an industry that continually crows about

how self-sufficient it is."

"It is also difficult to understand this Administration's insistence

on continuing to pour billions of dollars into an intercity passenger

rail system that carries just one-tenth of one percent of passenger

miles, while failing to provide the necessary resources to improve the

safety and efficiency of the highway system, which handles 87% of

passenger travel," Graves added.

"Finding a long term, sustainable way to improve our nation's roads

and bridges is one of ATA's top priorities," said ATA Chairman Phil

Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express. "Using the proceeds from

corporate tax reform, while creative, does little to address the

long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund or to uphold the

principle of users paying for the services they get, in this case, the

federal fuel tax, which has not been adjusted in more than two decades

to account for inflation and improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency.

"The fuel tax is, and will continue to be the most efficient and fair

way of collecting revenue for highways and bridges and should be

adjusted to reflect current economic conditions and needs," Byrd said.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade

association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50

affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related

conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America

depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or

on Facebook . Good stuff. Trucks Bring It!

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