As we continue exploring the need to modernize our transportation system throughout Infrastructure Week, Americans For Modern Transportation (AMT) presents the second post of our “By The Numbers” series. As a broad set of industries committed to moving goods across the American economy, we continue to support policy upgrades and infrastructure investment to meet the demands of modern businesses and consumers. Together, we can move America toward a safe, efficient, and sustainable future.
As we kick off Infrastructure Week, Americans For Modern Transportation (AMT) presents the first day of our “By The Numbers” series, a daily feature of key data points that show the growing urgency to modernize America’s transportation system.
ICYMI: Industry Leaders And Bipartisan Senators Tackle Next Steps For Improving America’s Infrastructure
Earlier this week, POLITICO hosted a panel discussion on the prospects for a major national infrastructure push from President Trump and Congress. Entitled, “Rebuilding America: A New Infrastructure Agenda,” the conversation delved into the proposed components of a package and the political path necessary to secure federal investment in the year ahead.
Now, more than 25 years since we last improved the efficiency of our highway network, our mission has become increasingly important. As my grandfather would say, “we are trying to put ten pounds into a five-pound sack” as all modes of our transportation network struggle to keep up with increasing demands and the challenges of infrastructure designed for past generations.
Testimony from a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security hearing on freight and infrastructure policy incorrectly represented the impact that widespread adoption of Twin 33s, which already operate safely in 20 states, would have on the trucking industry and highway safety.
Our nation’s transportation networks face significant capacity constraints and serious safety challenges. As our country’s roads, highways, bridges, ports, and airports continue to deteriorate, bipartisan collaboration has become critical. We are hopeful that the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation can lead the way on developing support for the necessary investments and common-sense policies that will spur economic growth and job creation.
Earlier this week, during the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security hearing on truck safety, testimony incorrectly represented the potential safety and operational impacts of the widespread use of Twin 33 trailers, which are already allowed on portions of highways in 20 states nationwide.
Americans For Modern Transportation Letter To Chairman Thune And The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
The 115th Congress has a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for a modern American infrastructure system. The opportunity is also there to make sure that the vehicles on our nation’s roads and highways are safer by focusing on policies that will enhance truck technologies, roadway improvements and workforce development. We urge the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to support these types of investments and common-sense policies that will enhance safety as well as spur economic growth and job creation.
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In a recent letter, the Truckload Carriers Association lodged inaccurate claims around the implications of widespread adoption of Twin 33s. Americans for Modern Transportation, as representatives of the multi-faceted business community, support the widespread adoption of Twin 33s along with a number of other measures to not only fix but upgrade our transportation system. This is a point-by-point rebuttal to Lyboldt’s key arguments, in addition to key facts on Twin 33’s.
With the election behind us, the newly-elected President and Congress have entered 2017 with a renewed emphasis on unifying around smart policies that will increase economic opportunity across the country and spur innovation. One area of opportunity for policymakers to act on in the year ahead, is through the development of a safer…