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NO. R-154. JOINT RESOLUTION urging the federal highway administration to study the transportation and economic benefits of an east-west highway from the Maine-Nova Scotia border to the Windsor, Ontario-Buffalo, New York region.

(J.R.H. 86)

Offered by: Representatives Peaslee of Guildhall, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Amidon of Charlotte, Angell of Randolph, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barney of Highgate, Bolduc of Orleans, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Brooks of Montpelier, Carey of Chester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Davis of Cavendish, DePoy of Rutland City, Duffy of Rutland City, Endres of Milton, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, George of Middlebury, Gervais of Enosburg, Goodridge of Albany, Gray of Barre Town, Haas of Rutland City, Hall of Newport City, Helm of Castleton, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kirker of Essex, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Larocque of Barnet, Larose of Richford, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mann of Leicester, Marron of Stowe, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, Metzger of Milton, Molloy of Arlington, Morrissey of Bennington, Mullin of Rutland Town, Myers of Essex, O'Donnell of Vernon, Osman of Plainfield, Otterman of Topsham, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Pembroke of Bennington, Pike of Mendon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Quaid of Williston, Randall of Bradford, Rogers of Castleton, Rosenquist of Georgia, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Scribner of Bristol, Severance of Colchester, Shaw of Derby, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Starr of Troy, Stevens of Essex, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Towne of Berlin, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Webster of Randolph, Weeks of Wallingford, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson, Wright of Burlington and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, on January 1, 1994, the United States of America joined with the Dominion of Canada and the Republic of Mexico in creating a hemispheric trading zone under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and

Whereas, NAFTA recognized the importance of efficient international transportation throughout North America as an integral element to a healthy economy, and

Whereas, Congress has recognized the importance of international corridors and border crossings in the Transportation Equity Act for the 2lst Century (TEA-21), and

Whereas, Atlantic Canada, northern New England, upstate New York, Quebec, and Ontario comprise the northeastern portion of North America, and

Whereas, through NAFTA, the northeastern region is developing closer ties, and

Whereas, east-west travel in the northeastern region is difficult and dangerous, and

Whereas, the people of the northeast region deserve transportation systems that will permit them to travel safely and efficiently, and sustain their families and communities through safe and efficient regional transportation links, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation to study the sufficiency of the transportation links on east-west axes from Halifax, Nova Scotia through Maine and Quebec to the Windsor, Ontario-Buffalo, New York region and from Halifax, Nova Scotia though Maine, northern New Hampshire and Vermont and eastern and central New York to the Windsor, Ontario-Buffalo, New York region, and be it further

Resolved: That the study evaluate the economic potential of the northeast region, both with and without significant changes in its transportation infrastructure, and that, in examining potential transportation changes, the factors to be considered should include safety, efficiency, and the proximity to European and central North American markets and points of production, and be it further

Resolved: That the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation be urged to conduct the study in conjunction with the Dominion of Canada, and such governmental agency or agencies as the Dominion of Canada may designate, to participate in the study, including Transport Canada, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to United States Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, the Director of the United States Federal Highway Administration, Canadian Minister of Transport David Collenette, and to the Vermont Congressional Delegation.