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Railroad Bill Introduced to Congress


We first reported about the plan to build a railroad transportation yard in the state of Virginia, back on April 26th, 2009, and how this is more than likely, the true underlying reason for the planned closings of the rest areas along I-81.  Three days later, on April 29th, we reported that the Obama Administration was planning to push forward with their goal to increase transportation by way of a new railroad system, which in essense, would eliminate tens of thousands of semi rigs from our roadways.

There has now been a new bill introduced to Congress that will increase transportation means by way of the railroad system thus, changing the distribution and supply chain network.  Recognizing the need for a new, updated freight surface transportation policy, the problem is that such a  policy could disrupt the distribution and supply chain network that currently depends on trucking to transport 70% of our nation’s freight.

Goals of the bill include:

• Reducing national per-capita motor vehicle miles traveled on an annual basis

• Reducing national motor vehicle-related fatalities by 50 percent by 2030

• Reducing national surface transportation-generated carbon dioxide levels by 40 percent by 2030

The bill, S1036, which ultimately portrays  trucks as the major cause of highway congestion, bottlenecks and pollution,  is receiving wide support from the rail coalitions and other rail system groups.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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2 Responses to Railroad Bill Introduced to Congress. - Post a Comment

  1. Truckdrivernews

    Well, here is another one that needs shot down. First they want to increase the weight, now this…Oh boy when will end.

  2. Allen Smith

    Here lately, it seems that more and more factors keep attacking the trucking industry and the way of life for many Americans. I can understand bringing forth an updated surface transportation policy, but I see much havoc coming from this one … more loss jobs and another excuse to blame the backbone of our society . . . truckers.

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