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President Obama pushes transportation agenda

(The following appeared on the Journal of Commerce website on May 16, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama gave a strong push to a transportation infrastructure 2009 stimulus program to repair roads, re-engineer the rail system and “maintain a world-class logistics network.”

Obama made the remarks Friday as he proclaimed May 15-21 as National Transportation Week, and May 20 as National Defense Transportation Day.
 Although such proclamations often salute the industries involved, Obama used it to push his aggressive transportation agenda at a time when key congressional committees are trying to draft a six-year bill for surface transportation priorities.

“We must repair our highways, reengineer our railroads into high-speed rail networks and ready ourselves for the next revolutionary breakthroughs in transportation technology,” Obama said. “We must provide increased transportation options that cut commuting time, ease traffic congestion, reduce oil consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions and expand access to job opportunities and housing.”

Full story: www.joc.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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