Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Mar. 31, 2011

john robert smith | house transportation committee | transportation infrastructureT4 America co-chair John Robert Smith tells key House subcommittee to repair infrastructure and invest in transit options
John Robert Smith encouraged members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to be bold with the new policies to repair our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, increase transit options and demand accountability for results. More than 40 transportation experts testified before the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit earlier this week.

President Calls for Cutting Oil Imports
President Obama has made his intentions clear of seeking alternative energy sources, calling for slashing oil imports by 1/3 by 2025. This is part of his administration’s Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future.

Aviation Bill: Foretelling What’s to Come For Surface Transportation?
Fights between the House and Senate may be on the horizon for the surface transportation bill, if the March 29th vote on an aviation bill is any indication.

Truckload Capacity Eases, Index Shows
The Longbow Research Truckload Barometer dropped almost 6 percent in March, indicating that the contraction of truckload capacity is slowing.

Grassroots effort is no substitute for true leadership on trade
The efforts from the US Chamber of Commerce to increase trade relations and create jobs with the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement are causing some to speculate that the Obama Administration should be the ones leading the charge.

ATA Urges Separation of Highway, Transit Funding
American Trucking Associations Chairman, Barbara Windsor is calling for a “fundamental reform” of the surface transportation program to focus on roads and congestion.

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