Trucking Heavily Subsidized

Joe Cortright:  "It may seem like we have a shortage of infrastructure, or lack the funding to pay for the transportation system, but the fact that truck freight is so heavily subsidized means that there’s a lot more demand (and congestion) on the the roads that there would be if trucks actually paid their way. On top of that, there’d be a lot more money to cover the cost of the system we already have."

Congressional Budget Office: "Locomotives are much more energy-efficient (per ton-mile) than trucks, so their emissions are much lower."

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