Young seeks federal funding for VA car/truck separation project

| Thursday, January 22, 2004

According to press accounts, Rep. Don Young, R-AK, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, says he will propose federal funding for car and truck separation in the federal six-year reauthorization bill, HR 3550.

Young wants $375 billion for the six-year surface transportation program. He's reportedly dickering on the numbers with the White House and the U.S. Senate.

According to reports, Young said the White House is willing to go for $244 billion, and the Senate seems willing to talk about a $318 billion program. Young has been able to get House Speaker Dennis Hastert to talk in terms of $350 billion.

Meanwhile, in a Jan. 14 letter to Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, VA, majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, Young said: "I remain committed to providing federal funds for a pilot project to facilitate car and truck separation on freight corridors.”

“Because cars and trucks move in such different ways, separating them is likely to reduce congestion and improve safety ... I propose several funding mechanisms for car and truck separation in HR 3550 and will work with the Virginia delegation to ensure that adequate funding will be in the final bill.”

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