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Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Boardman endorsed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's call last week to address the nation’s transportation infrastructure "deficit" and develop a national transportation plan that links the roads, rails and ports in an interconnected system."The Highway Trust Fund is dead," Boardman said in a prepared statement issued late last week. “It's financially unviable and built on an outmoded vision for mobility in the United States. We need to replace it with a surface transportation program for the 21st Century."A federal surface transportation investment program should focus on national priorities, connectivity and economic growth in order to compete in a global economy, he said."We need a balanced program that can provide investment in any surface mode . . . to unshackle transportation planners, system users and other decision makers from simply chasing mode-restricted dollars and instead ask them to produce results that matter to the nation," Boardman said.In a speech before the Transportation Research Board, Foxx outlined his vision for a transportation system that would meet the needs of the nation's infrastructure deficit, noting that the federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money as early as August.
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