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Senate Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Surface Transportation Infrastructure

On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, held a hearing entitled, Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: State and Local Transportation Needs. Four witnesses testified: Kyle Schneweis, Director, Nebraska Department of Transportation; Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Municipal League and Member of the National League of Cities; Jordan Kass, President, Managed Services, TMC Division, C.H. Robinson; and Jo Strang, Senior Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Policy, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

This hearing focused on what improvements to surface transportation states and municipalities currently need, and how the current legislative push on infrastructure can address those needs. The panel discussed the implications of the president’s infrastructure proposal on local transportation needs, and much of the conversation centered on alternative revenue sources and siting approval systems. The panelists emphasized the need for sustained, long-term funding, as well as devolved control over environmental and siting reviews. Questions from the subcommittee members centered around the shortcomings or strengths of the president’s infrastructure proposal, and what alternatives would be more effective for the desired results. Of particular interest was the use of toll roads as a revenue-raising mechanism.

Information via ATA

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