A Letter of Appreciation from The Eastern Transportation Coalition

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John Lyboldt
Truckload Carriers Association President John Lybolt

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our industry and our country in ways that we could not have predicted. Despite our collective desire to forge ahead with industry events — such as our Fall Business Meetings and Fourth Annual Call on Washington — we’ve opted to mitigate risk by moving our business meeting to a virtual format. For our Call on Washington events, once feasible, our team will work with Hill offices to set up small group meetings with key members of Congress. Visit truckload.org for further updates on those two important events.

Each TCA member company should have received a government affairs contribution invoice via mail. The staff and I are committed to representing your best interest on
Capitol Hill and are steadfast in delivering truckload’s message to our lawmakers and their staff. Your support will help us do just that. We appreciate your continued
involvement and passion.

To further demonstrate the importance of our industry and voice, I wanted to share a letter I recently received from the Board of the Eastern Transportation Coalition.

Dear John:

As the nation’s supply chains face unprecedented challenges related to COVID-19, one of the most critical factors has been the ability to meet customer and public health needs in a reliable and timely manner. While each modal component of the transportation system has been an important player during this time, the trucking industry has been at the very heart of it.

On any day, but certainly over these last several months and continuing, the industry collectively and truck drivers specifically, ensure that critical supplies reach the doors of America’s businesses, homes, and medical facilities. The drivers have accomplished this not only with great diligence and dedication, but often with great personal sacrifice.

The undersigned, as the Executives of our respective state agencies and comprising the Board of the Eastern Transportation Coalition, give recognition and thanks for the outstanding professionalism and commitment of the trucking industry and its hard-working and dedicated individuals during this time. The Coalition, a partnership of State Departments of Transportation and related agencies, acknowledge and appreciate the role that the truck drivers and the trucking industry play every day in the well-being of our states’ and the national economy. With trucks carrying a significant portion of the
6.5 billion tons of freight moving in our corridor annually, this event has shown an even greater emphasis and importance to that role.

As we move ahead on the road to recovery from COVID-19, please extend our
sincere gratitude to your industry members — the companies and the dedicated drivers. As our individual states and as the Eastern Transportation Coalition collectively, we will reach out to you and your members to discuss how to further support the critical role the trucking industry plays in moving goods in this corridor and throughout the nation.

Sincerely,

The Eastern Transportation Coalition

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