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U.S. Cross-Border Trucking Effort Emphasizes Safety and Efficiency

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today shared with Congress and the government of Mexico an initial concept document for a long haul cross-border Mexican trucking program that prioritizes safety, while satisfying the United States’ international obligations.

After the demonstration program was terminated in March 2009, Secretary LaHood and other Administration officials met with lawmakers, safety advocates, industry representatives and other stakeholders to address a broad range of concerns.  The initial concept document, which is a starting point in the renewed negotiations with Mexico, addresses concerns raised during that process.

The Obama Administration will continue to work with Congress and other stakeholders to put safety first.  And, as specifics of the program are developed, the Administration will continue to ensure that the program delivers job growth and economic opportunities here at home.  A formal proposal, which the public will have the opportunity to comment on, is expected to be announced in the coming months.

Click here to view the concept document in English.

Oprima aquí para ver el documento en español.

Thursday, January 6, 2011