Federal Transportation Official Announces Plan to Reduce Congestion

The nation’s top transportation official today visited a Bath and Body Works warehouse on the city’s far east side to unveil a national plan to move freight faster. The plan aims to limit congestion on highways , railroads, and at air and sea ports.

United States Transportation Secretary, Norman Mineta says businesses and consumers pay dearly for freight bottlenecks and late deliveries. “All of you understand better than most that without shipping, trucking, and air freight you would have nothing to offer customers but bare shelves and empty websites.” Says Mineta.

Mineta estimate the cost of congestion at airports, seaports, truck terminals and railheads is $200,000,000,000 annually. He says the federal government will use its leverage and public monies to help reduce delays in Southern California and in other major urban centers. “I was encouraged for example to learn that Limited Brands is using seaports around the nation to bring products into the country instead of relying solely on Southern California’s congested ports.” Says Mineta.

Limited Brands spokesman, Anthony Hebron says the company has seven distribution centers in Central Ohio. The Reynoldsburg site is filled with products for Bath and Body Works stores. Boxes of refills for Jasmine Vanilla and Orange Ginger imported fragrances line one row of the warehouse from floor to ceiling waiting for shipment to stores. “For us, probably the greatest advantage for us is being located in Columbus. Columbus is such a centrally located city it allows us to ship within a couple of hours to 22 major cities in the United States.” Says Hebron.

Hebron adds the company uses all modes of transportation to get its products from overseas manufacturers to the company’s stores in local malls.

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