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The Department of Transportation went from being “very close” to opening the border with Mexico to trucks, to preparing a pilot project to allow such trucks to enter the country, to having the border shuttered indefinitely to Mexican truck traffic.Norman Mineta, then-secretary of Transportation, told Transport Topics in May that the United States and Mexico were “very close” to having an agreement to allow inspections of carriers in Mexico by U.S. officials — a condition for opening the border set by Congress in 2002 (6-5, p. 5).“We are now about to come to an agreement,” Mineta told TT in a May 19 interview. “We haven’t closed the deal, yet; it’s this close,” he said, with two fingers close together."For the full story, see the Jan. 1 print edition of Transport Topics. Subscribe today.
January 3, 2007 8:00 AM, EST