Freight tax for US infrastructure projects floated again

The federal gasoline tax has lost much of its effectiveness for funding freight transportation projects, and US Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., is suggesting again that a tax on surface freight transportation is needed if the country is to meet its huge infrastructure development needs. Lowenthal, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, represents the district in which the Port of Long Beach is located. He has introduced the National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act, which would impose a 1 percent excise tax on ground transportation of freight. The bill, which includes provisions for a grant program, would deposit all revenue into a freight trust fund, and a lock-box feature would ensure the money is used only for designated purposes for freight moving by truck and rail.

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