Congressional Freight Panel to Hold Field Hearing in San Bernardino

Washington, May 24, 2013 -

I am pleased to announce that the special freight transportation panel on which I serve will be conducting a field hearing next week in the 31st District. As the home to numerous distribution centers, warehouses, trucking companies and Colton Crossing, one of the busiest railroad crossings in the United States, freight transportation plays a large and growing role in the Inland Empire economy. According to the Southern California Association of Governments, freight movement is expected to triple in our region within three decades. While this is a positive development, this growth will present challenges for our region in the form of increased traffic and stress on our transportation infrastructure, including highways, railways, and ports. 

The panel’s field hearing, which will be focused on how these challenges facing freight transportation in Southern California will impact the nation, will convene at 1:30pm on Thursday, May 30th at the Historic Santa Fe Depot, located at 1170 West 3rd Street in the City of San Bernardino. Space is limited and seating is first-come-first served, so please plan accordingly. I look forward to this important hearing on the future growth and potential obstacles facing this vital segment of our regional and national economies.

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