It has been stated in 60 days the communities of Presidio, Marfa and Alpine will see Mexican trucks passing through under a 12 month pilot program annouced by President Bush in February 2007. Public Citizen, a non-profit highway safety advocacy group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstation (FMCA) in October 2006, and has still yet to receive the requested documents. This is not a good start.
On Thursday, March 22, 2007, a Senate panel voted to delay the plan by requiring the Bush Administration to publish details about the pilot program and to allow public comment. Thanks to Sens. Byron Dorgan, Dianne Feinstein and Patty Murray for sponsoring the amendment.
Another concern amoung many regarding the increased truck traffic, is the quality of our air. Studies by the New England Journal of Medicine describes the health impacts of breathing fine particulte air polution.