Oversight of the Department of Transportation's Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Proposal, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, February 28, 2008 [open pdf - 455KB]
From the opening statement of Daniel K. Inouye: "Transportation is an essential element of our Nation's prosperity. Our transportation infrastructure provides the means to efficiently move goods and people across our country, from New York to Hawaii, and around the globe. More than simply facilitating all aspects of our economy, our transportation resources provide a freedom of mobility that defines our national character. While the U.S. transportation system is world class in many respects, it is an aging system that has reached and, in some cases, clearly exceeded the limits of its capacity. The tragic collapse of the Minneapolis highway bridge last summer highlights our Nation's growing infrastructure problems. Much of America's transportation infrastructure--highways, bridges, railroads, and ports--were built at the beginning or middle of the last century and have outlived their safe and productive lives. Numerous airports in our National Airspace System are approaching or have reached full capacity. Congestion continues to grow on our highways and our railways, at our ports, and within our aviation system. The truth of the matter is that without strong action, we face a future of ever-expanding gridlock." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel K. Inouye, Dorgan, Klobuchar, Frank R. Lautenberg, McCaskill, Rockefeller, Stevens, Sununu, Thune, Mary E. Peters, Robert A. Sturgell, Thomas R. Carper, and Mark Pryor.
S. Hrg. 110-1147; Senate Hearing. 110-1147
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