Freight trucks are a major problem in our transportation system, causing rapid deterioration of the highway infrastructure to the point where state departments of transportation cannot keep the roads in a state of good repair. And they are a major source of congestion and deadly accidents. To address these problems, the U.S. Dept of Transportation wants freight to be moved as much as possible on rail and water and keep shipments off trucks until the “last mile.”
Deputy Secretary John Porcari said in his testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in a March 24 hearing that DOT’s preference is to “keep goods on waterways and rail as much as possible, getting them away from trucks except for the final delivery.”
MORE SOCIALISM, GOOD BUDDY. What does that make public spending on railroads and waterways?