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Conference Recap - Baton Rouge, LA

From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “FAST Act Reauthorization: Transportation and Safety Issues,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The hearing will examine implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which expires at the end of fiscal year 2020, and priorities for the Department of Transportation as Congress prepares for surface transportation reauthorization.

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Ronald Batory, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
  • The Honorable Raymond Martinez, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • The Honorable Joel Szabat, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Transportation
  • Ms. Heidi King, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

This hearing will take place in the Hart Senate Office Building 216. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Members, please note:

IRPT and its Members are urging Congress to introduce an inland port and terminal grant program in the FAST Act Reauthorization so a certain percentage of funding would be set aside for our projects. Further, we ask for elimination of the minimum award floor – thus allowing for more projects to be completed. For example, with FAST Act funded at $305 billion in 2018, we would essentially as for .01% (one-one-hundredth) of the funds to be set aside and used for inland port and terminal projects. That’s $30.5 million in projects that ports and terminals could use to increase product flows.

If you have not yet contacted your Senate leaders, I beg you to not delay.