October 11, 2006 9:00 AM, EDT

FMCSA Administrator Hill Says U.S. Border to Remain Closed to Mexican Trucking

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ASHINGTON — John Hill, head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said last week the opening of the southern U.S. border to Mexican trucks was on hold for the foreseeable future.

“There are no immediate plans to open the border,” Hill said during a 90-minute online chat with readers of Oct. 3.

Earlier this year, then-acting Transportation Secretary Maria Cino and FMCSA officials said talks were under way regarding a pilot project to provide a small number of Mexican carriers access to U.S. highways and that project could be launched by the end of the year.

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