The National Transportation Commission heard testimony in
Washington, DC, Monday on how to reduce congestion and fund our highways in the
One of those testifying was American Trucking Association President
Bill Graves, who called for a new initiative to establish freight corridors to
Graves also offered a second proposal - truck-only highways.
But OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said in
theory it might sound OK, but there's nothing in ATA's proposal that would
benefit independent truckers.
"Proponents of that are actually singing the message of
Yellow Freight and UPS and those bigger carriers that would like to be able to
have more and longer combination trailers, and much, much heavier weight,"
"We know good and well those lanes would never be built
unless they're toll lanes, and they would be built for those size vehicles, so
that's not something we see a benefit in at all for the vast majority of
The National Transportation Commission was created by
Congress specifically to tackle the issues of highway funding and congestion,
and is chaired by Transportation Secretary Mary Peters.
Others who testified during Monday's hearing voiced their
support for privatization as an alternative to increasing the nation's fuel
- By Reed Black, staff