Media Advisory



For immediate release:
February 22, 2006

Damien Newton


The following is a statement from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign on the recent federal court ruling on ATA vs. Whitman, overturning a state law which banned of heavy truck trips on local roads:

“We urge Governor Corzine and the NJ Dept. of Transportation to implement new truck rules that meet the court’s concerns, or otherwise effectively preserves prohibitions of inappropriate truck traffic on smaller state highways.  The rules overturned by the court have improved safety and the quality of life along key state routes since the Whitman administration.  It is especially critical that a replacement rule be put in place because truck traffic is not static – it is the fastest growing segment of traffic on New Jersey’s highways.  Federal Highway Administration projections suggest the volume of trucks on our roads could increase by 50% over the next two decades.”

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is an alliance of public interest, transit advocacy, planning and environmental organizations working to reverse deepening automobile dependence and sprawl development in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan region.