announced June 6 on Capitol Hill calls for new "truck freeways"
that would be separated by concrete barriers from car traffic
and would carry heavier, longer trucks than currently permitted
on interstate highways.
lanes would be built along medians that would have their own
exit and entrance ramps. In addition, the lanes would include
staging areas to assemble trailer combinations.
was drafted by the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, a think
tank. Proponents, including House Transportation Committee Chairman
Don Young (R-AK), said the plan would reduce the number of deaths
from crashes involving cars and trucks.
Foundation spokesman said the lanes would be financed by toll
revenue bonds, backed by projected toll revenues, and not by
taxpayers. Rep. Young said he'd like to test the plan with a
pilot program that would be included next year's highway bill.
truckways would be freeways-within-the-freeway and provide a
system geared toward safer, more productive trucks," said
Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at Reason Foundation
and co-author of the report. "These lanes offer greater
protection from car-truck accidents while also permitting trucking
and shipping companies to run larger, more economical rigs."
--Dick Larsen, senior editor