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6/26/2003



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AAR, ATA unite to advocate a continuation of current truck sizes and weights


To focus on common legislative and policy positions, Association of American Railroads and American Trucking Associations (ATA) agreed to jointly support the continuation of existing federal statutory provisions concerning truck sizes and weights initially passed by Congress in 1991's Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.


AAR and ATA will advocate that no changes be made to current federal truck-size and weight laws in Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century's (TEA-21) reauthorization and will oppose proposals to modify current federal provisions.


The agreement will help position the rail and trucking industries to meet the future needs, AAR and ATA officials said in a jointly issued statement.


"Even though rail carriers and motor carriers are competitors in many transportation markets, they are also part of an integrated national freight network," officials said. "The two transportation modes are partners in the context of intermodal transportation, which is vital to both domestic and international commerce."


ATA and AAR also are part of the Freight Stakeholders Coalition, which seeks to advance a common legislative agenda as Congress considers TEA-21 reauthorization proposals.


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