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Hearing Will Examine Nation’s Highway Freight Network

Washington, DC, February 21, 2014 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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A hearing next Thursday of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will focus on highway freight mobility.

The U.S. highway system is an essential part of the freight transportation network, and consumer goods are almost invariably transported along the Nation’s four million miles of highways and roads for at least part of their journey.  Furthermore, the first- and last-mile connections to other modes of transportation are almost always made by the highway system. 

Freight mobility will be an area of focus in the Committee’s development of surface transportation reauthorization legislation this year.  In addition, a special panel of the Committee, the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, recently completed its report related to the movement of goods throughout, into, and out of the United States.

This hearing, entitled “Improving the Nation’s Highway Freight Network,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Witness list:

  • The Honorable Mark Gottlieb, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation; on behalf of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • The Honorable Gerald Bennett, Mayor, Palos Hills, Illinois; on behalf of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Mr. Henry Maier, President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Ground
  • Ms. Susan Alt, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America
  • More information about the hearing, including written testimony, additional background information, and link to a live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available. 

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