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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
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
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