ARLINGTON, Va. – Members of the American Trucking Associations’ Infrastructure Task Force met this week with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and key members of Congress to urge swift action to move forward with a long-term infrastructure spending package to address the country’s critical need for highway and bridge improvements.
“The members of this task force represent an industry that moves 70 percent of the nation’s freight, moving 54 percent of our GDP and pays half of all highway taxes,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “This group of industry leaders came to Washington to discuss the importance of building a modern transportation system to ensure America’s continuing competitiveness. Our nation and economy depend on good, safe, efficient roads and bridges, and now is the time to address those needs.”
The American Transportation Research Institute’s recently released top freight bottlenecks report vividly illustrates the need to strengthen the nation’s roads and bridges, stated an ATA news release.
With the Trump administration’s focus on moving a significant infrastructure package, the ATA’s Infrastructure Task Force was created immediately following the election, and includes 11 CEO-level trucking industry executives.
The meetings with Secretary Chao and key congressional leaders will be the first in a series of visits, according to ATA.
“The trucking industry already contributes a great deal to the Highway Trust Fund and elsewhere to finance road and bridge construction, but we recognize that we need to do more if our country is going to maintain the type of transportation network a 21st Century economy demands,” said Task Force Co-Chairman David Congdon, CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line.
“Having the opportunity to talk about these issues with Secretary Chao and congressional leaders is an important part of the process of building America and getting the kind of infrastructure bill our industry needs,” added Task Force Co-Chairman Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co.
Other members of the task force include Mike Ducker, president and CEO, FedEx Freight; Eric Fuller, COO, U.S. Xpress; Neal Kedzie, president, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association; Rich McArdle, president, UPS Freight; Dennis Nash, CEO, Kenan Advantage Group; Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO, Crete Carrier Corp.; John Smith, chairman, CRST International Inc; Paul Will, chairman, Celadon Group Inc.; and ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president, Jet Express Inc.
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