Trucking Groups Unhappy about New Transportation Funding Plan
The Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT), Anthony Foxx, unveiled the new transportation funding plan, which spans across four years and envisions a total of $302 billion in funds. The reaction from the trucking community has been a negative one for two main reason: 1. the “bill’s giving states the authority to toll existing Interstates” and 2. a bigger share of funding goes for transit and rail programs.
The new piece of legislation is called GROW AMERICA Act and stands for Generating Renewal, Opportunity and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America. It is supposed to help put the Highway Trust Fund back on its feet, which was going to deplete in the summer and put many workers out of jobs.
OOIDA is still in process of reviewing the Act, but a spokesman says the Association has already noted a few points of concern. ATA’s reaction is predominantly negative as well. Their President and CEO Bill Graves had this to say: “Any proposal that moves away from a user-fee funded transportation system is not going to be acceptable to the American trucking industry, period.”
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