A new report from FTR Transportation Intelligence said allowing twin 33-foot trailers on the nation’s highways could lower costs as much as 10%, while having minimal disruption on the operations of the overall trucking industry.
The principal of a company that provides logistics management advisory services predicts that a proposal to allow widespread adoption of twin 33-foot trailers on the nation’s highways “will be one of the few things approved during this session of Congress.”
Since last updating the efficiency of our highway network more than 25 years ago, our infrastructure has suffered from chronic underinvestment and a lack of innovation. At times this lack of investment has put families in harm’s way, caused economic inefficiency, and put undue stress on the environment. We are at a tipping point and our policymakers must realize infrastructure investment cannot solely focus on filling potholes, painting lines, installing signage, and building additional lane miles.
“No doubt, there will be lengthy partisan debates. But at this point, I think the prospects of passage look good. Based on the changing political climate in Washington and the AMT’s lobbying power, my prediction is that the proposal will be one of the few things approved during this session of Congress.”
Over the last century, the logistics industry has seen its share of progress. While the technology in today’s warehouses might seem like science-fiction to some, there was a time when automation and forklifts were not a reality. During these early days, warehouse employees had to carry goods in hundred pound sacks from the rail yard and assemble the pallets by hand.
Straying very little from his campaign trail promises, and just three months into his administration, President Trump has continued to pound the pavement emphasizing the need to overhaul America’s crumbling bridges and roads.