The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) and the Assn. of American Railroads (AAR) reached a joint lobbying accord yesterday, with ATA agreeing not to seek federal permission to run heavier trucks for at least the next six years.
In a joint announcement, the trade groups said they plan to promote mutually beneficial issues, such as increasing security, expediting border-crossing clearance and expanding intermodal truck-rail terminals.
"It is essential that the two organizations also seek to focus their efforts on common legislative and policy goals in order to meet the challenges facing the entire U.S. freight network," the groups said in a statement.
The Washington Post reported that the groups will also work to mitigate costly environmental rules.