NSSGA Welcomes Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation Markup
NSSGA appreciate STIA’s five -year, $78 billion authorization of critical safety, trail and multimodal programs necessary for our advancement of our transportation system. We welcome STIA’s authorization for $36 billion in federal investments for rail programs, $27.8 billion for multimodal programs and $13 billion for safety programs. Further we appreciate your efforts to invest roughly $1.2 billion a year in the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight program and improving coordination between federal and state governments regarding freight planning. As you know, freight transportation is responsible for the majority of aggregate movement across the country, and we thank you for omitting any arbitrary increases to truck insurance minimums, which would only drive up material costs without improving truck safety or efficiency.