Friday, April 24, 2009

New legislation would "eliminate expensive federal subsidies that now flow to privatized highways."

ATA Applauds the Introduction of Anti-Privatization Legislation


American Trucking Associations
Copyright 2009

ARLINGTON, Va.-- The American Trucking Associations (ATA) applauds U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for their introduction of the "Transportation Access for All Americans Act," (S. 885) and the "Transportation Equity for All Americans Act" (S. 884) on April 24.

The legislation will eliminate expensive federal subsidies that now flow to privatized highways. When a state or city leases a highway, it receives significant compensation, but taxpayers always end up paying higher tolls to the private operator.

"I would like to thank Senator Bingaman and Senator Grassley for their leadership," says ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "We look forward to working with both gentlemen on this critical issue," he added.

Privatization is dismantling the nation's interstate highway network. The United States cannot maintain a national highway network if key segments are leased to the highest bidder. More than money is at stake. Leasing roadways allows states only to postpone, not solve, their budget problems -- and without understanding the long-term implications.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

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