Trucking industry leaders meet with Sec. Chao and others



Posted on 02/14/2017 by David Radke

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Members of the American Trucking Associations' Infrastructure Task Force recently met with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and other Congressional leaders in Washington. According to a press release from the ATA, they discussed the imperative need for a long-term infrastructure spending plan.

A viable plan is becoming more important by the day, especially after the American Transportation Research Institute released its annual list of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the U.S.

"A long-term infrastructure spending plan is becoming more important by the day."

"This group of industry leaders came to Washington to discuss the importance of building a modern transportation system to ensure America's continuing competitiveness," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "Our nation and economy depend on good, safe, efficient roads and bridges, and that now is the time to address those needs."

The Infrastructure Task Force was formed shortly after Trump's victory in last November's presidential election. It's composed of 11 CEOs from the trucking industry, all of who wish to work with Chao and the Department of Transportation to develop a solution to fix America's crumbling roads and bridges. The February meeting is the first of many visits to come, the ATA stated.

"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," said Task Force co-chairman Jim Burg, CEO and president of James Burg Trucking Co.

Intelligent Transportation Society of America releases public policy roadmap

Elsewhere in Washington, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America released a public policy roadmap outlining the research, development and deployment of transformational transportation technologies.

According to Fleet Owner, the policy framework provides recommendations on areas like artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing. ITS America hopes fleet services and Congressional leaders follow the report to capitalize on innovative technologies to improve the trucking industry.

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