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Congress could mandate longer double-trailer trucks nationwide

You can help stop this backdoor attempt to force states to allow longer doubles.

Congress is being lobbied hard to slip the approval of bigger, more damaging double trailer trucks into a "must pass" government spending bill.Double trailer truck
 
Unless constituents make their voices heard, Congress could force motorists in every state to share the road with massive “double-33s” – truck combinations that will reach 91 feet in length overall.
 
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, double-33s would increase damage to pavement and bridges and pass huge new costs on to taxpayers. 
  
With other highway users and taxpayers covering a large portion of their costs, these trucks would be heavily subsidized, ultimately taking the place of many 53-foot single trailer trucks and diverting millions of container loads now moving by rail onto our congested highways. After all, when you subsidize something, you get more of it.
 
Why subsidize more damaging trucks that create new burdens for taxpayers while diverting freight from the rail network to our crumbling roads and bridges? Congress cannot find the money to keep up with existing highway repair and maintenance needs – why make matters even worse?

 
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Preserve Amtrak’s National Network

Goal: Preserve Amtrak’s National Network trains from elimination in the 2019 federal budget, as proposed by the Trump administration in February 2018.

Why: The White House has released a disappointing package of infrastructure initiatives and transportation budget cuts, including once again proposing to gut Amtrak’s long-distance services by cutting $757 million from federal Amtrak support. (A similar proposal floated last spring was defeated in Congress, thanks to our advocacy.)

Trump's latest transportation budget proposal calls for the virtual elimination of Amtrak's National Network trains, slashing the railroad’s budget roughly in half, from $1.4 billion to $738 million. It also proposes ending the popular and effective federal grant program known as TIGER, or Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, which so far has injected a little more than $5 billion into transportation investments nationwide. (TIGER grants fund many rail bridge and crossing replacements & track upgrades to improve VT's railroads.)

What you can do today:

The national Rail Passengers Association (RPA) is asking its members to take action now to stave off these draconian cuts to Amtrak’s vital National Network services. RPA has set up an online tool to permit riders and members alike to let the White House know directly that they disagree with these proposed cuts. Visit www.railpassengers.org/whitehousebudget to take action.

You can also contact members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation directly to thank them for supporting full funding for Amtrak in the past & urge them to keep up their support now. Their contact info can be found on our website here.

Then contact us to let us know how they responded.

 

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