Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mary Peters paints a truck-free picture

It’s difficult to imagine a world without trucks. That is, unless you’re with the DOT.

Solutions offered by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters to some of the nation’s most challenging transportation problems do not bode well for truckers.

Here’s the proof.

Peters recently announced a plan for reform that would consolidate 108 DOT programs into eight programs with priority given to congestion relief, tolling and public-private partnerships.

The DOT provided a glimpse at what the future could hold with stylish “before” and “after” shots posted on the Web.

Click here to check out the current state of highways “without reform.” Notice the typical gridlock.

Now click here to see what the highways are supposed to look like “with reform” under the Peters plan. Notice a wide open highway with only five vehicles on it.

None of these vehicles are trucks.

During a transportation hearing earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, asked Peters if the administration’s call for more congestion tolling was geared to price everyone off the roadways except for the occasional Lexus.

Judging by her suggested reforms, the answer is pretty clear.