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USDOT sets strategy for reducing bottlenecks on nation's transportation network

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has unveiled a plan that addresses what he calls the single-largest threat to the economy: freight, highway and aviation congestion.

On Tuesday, he introduced a national initiative designed to reduce freight bottlenecks and prevent shipment delays, which cost the nation $200 billion annually, according to Mineta.

Under the National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on America’s Transportation Network, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will seek urban partnership agreements with communities that can demonstrate new congestion-relief strategies and encourage states to pass legislation that promotes private investment in transportation. The USDOT also will seek widespread deployment of new operational technologies and practices that can reduce traffic tie-ups, and reduce port and border congestion, and solicit recommendations from the Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission.

“The bottom line is that every person and every business in America has a vested interest in reducing congestion,” said Mineta in a prepared statement.

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