This week, the American Trucking Association issued a statement in response to the Obama Administration’s proposed budget.
According to the ATA, the proposed budget falls short and “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. This 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 passengers.”
The ATA pointed out that railroads move 14.7% of freight, while trucks transport 68.5% of all domestic freight.
“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.”