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Loaded and Rolling: Infrastructure bill, autonomous freight, sluggish November freight volumes

November 11, 2021


On Nov. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) by a 228-206 vote after passage by the Senate on Aug. 10. In a report published by Georgetown University, trucking jobs are estimated to account for 20% of the infrastructure plan, with around 15 million infrastructure jobs created or saved over 10 years.

The American Trucking Associations, in a prepared statement, praised the passage of the legislation, arguing the bill will create, among other things, new pathways into trucking, bolster highway safety and increase economic growth from supply chain improvements. The ATA comprises over 34,000 motor carriers and industry suppliers across the U.S. and focuses on advocacy to educate and guide policy promoting trucking.

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