The National Industrial Transportation League said Thursday it has requested President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney to outline their views on addressing investment in the nation’s transportation infrastructure with a particular emphasis on freight transport.
sent this week, the League also asked the candidates to provide views on the rising costs of energy, greenhouse gas emissions and security impacts on transportation.
NIT League President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Carlton said the shipper group's members are very concerned about existing problems in the nation’s transportation infrastructure system and the difficulties that U.S. companies face in moving products efficiently. Of particular concern, he said, is the need to indentify new sources of funding not only to meet growing demands on U.S. infrastructure, but to maintain the existing system.
In the letter to Obama, Carlton noted that while the public is aware of the past steps taken by the administration, “we would respectfully invite you to provide us your perspective on what new initiatives might be expected in your second term,” if reelected.
Carlton invited Romney to provide details on what his prospective administration would do to address the same issues, if elected.
Replies from both candidates will be released in a special bulletin to NITL members. In releasing these letters, Carlton said “it is important to the future of the economic health of our nation that we understand how both candidates will address these vital areas.” - Eric Johnson