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#StuckInTraffic: The highway bill debate, 140 characters at a time

If endless discussion in Congress and at the White House can’t come up with a long-term federal transportation program, I’m not sure that attacking the problem 140 characters at a time will even fill a potholebut, hey, it can’t hurt.

So here’s a roundup from the “Twitter town hall” organized by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx on Wednesday, as a follow-up to the committee’s first hearing on the next highway bill.

The roster of questions that got answers is here. There’s little of note for trucking, other than Foxx's suggestion that tolling Interstates should be “part of the mix” of any funding solution, while Shuster called user fees “fair,” but said that he didn’t think there’s a “will” in the U.S. for such tolls.

As for the lively comment stream, a Pew Charitable Trusts initiative to explain highway funding features some very informative, clean graphics. I recommend checking out their work.

The U.S. Chamber presents the big-business case for a big construction program.

As does the National Assn. of Manufacturers.

The twitter feed, however, was dominated by conservatives calling for an end to federal control of the highway system, a couple of examples here representing the range of Twitter avatars.

Trucking topics did pick up a few tweets.The Truckload Carriers Assn. jumped in to say 'hi.'

The Teamsters weighed in on the cross-border trucking program with Mexico.

Highway safety groups broadcast their trucking complaints.

Bruce MacIsaac, whose profile says he’s a truck driver, poet, and philosopher among other things, says the highways are fine.

Transit supporters were well represented.

And thank you, Mom. When did you go to work for SaferWatch?

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