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
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.”