Future of National Surface Transportation Policy, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, April 28, 2009   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of Frank R. Lautenberg: "This year Congress will reauthorize our Nation's surface transportation programs. In the past, this legislation has been more commonly referred to as the 'highway bill,' but highways alone cannot meet the transportation needs of the future. The reality is that Congress will be producing a surface transportation bill, a bill that recognizes the critical role of mass transit and passenger and freight rail service. Most mass transit reduces our dependence on foreign oil. It relieves stress and congestion on our already overburdened roads and bridges and saves commuters money on gas and other costs associated with traveling by car. [...] But we need to do more. Between now and 2050, America's population is expected to reach 420 million people. By the way, I remind everyone that in 1970, the American population was 200 million people. So we are headed to building the world's biggest beehive. In order to meet the demands of our Nation's travelers, keep our businesses competitive in the world's economy, and create jobs, we need to establish a bold vision for a national surface transportation system. We need to make our system better not only for ourselves, but for the generations yet to come. And I look forward to hearing from today's witnesses about how we can make that happen." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank R. Lautenberg, John Thune, Mark Pryor, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mark Begich, Mike Johanns, Mark Warner, Maria Cantwell, Tom Udall, Johnny Isakson, Ray LaHood, Steve Heminger, Ned S. Holmes, James Corless, Anne P. Canby, John D. Rockefeller, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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S. Hrg. 111-426; Senate Hearing 111-426
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