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There may be no ma?ana for the Department of Transportation's crossborder trucking demonstration project, but DOT's truck safety chief hasn't given up hope.
It will be difficult for the Obama administration to "unwind" the program, outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator John H. Hill told reporters Jan. 8.
The program has been attacked by Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, by labor unions and by highway safety advocates. It's drawn relatively few participants - far fewer than the 1,000 trucks and hundreds of companies envisioned by DOT when it launched the program in September 2007.
And although DOT recently moved to extend the program, few outside the agency's headquarters expect it to last long under the Obama administration. As a senator, the president-elect voted to kill the program.
Hill was less optimistic when asked about the program's odds after Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration. "If I were a betting man," he said, "I'd say it's pretty grim."