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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