AMT Issues Statement on Secretary Buttigieg Confirmation

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Americans for Modern Transportation’s (AMT) Executive Director, Randy Mullett, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Pete Buttigieg as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation:

Congratulations on your historic confirmation as U.S. Transportation Secretary. The members of the Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) coalition look forward to being a resource for your department on a range of issues, including innovative green transportation solutions for long-term infrastructure improvements. We are encouraged about the outreach already taking place with a variety of local government leaders, private sector executives and other transportation stakeholders.

To truly build back better, we need transportation advancements that can also deliver environmental benefits. AMT’s solution will drive environmental gains. The adoption of twin 33’ trailers equates to 274 million fewer gallons of fuel, 3.12 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions and 3.36 billion fewer vehicle miles traveled in a year.

Most importantly, this proposal would improve safety on our roads. As an added measure, our proposal would also call for twin 33s to operate with a suite of modern safety enhancing technologies: automatic braking, electronic stability control and other advanced safety features. Perhaps most importantly, this solution would bring immediate benefits to the U.S. transportation system at no cost to taxpayers. Twin 33s are already allowed to operate in 20 states, and increasing the twin trailer standard from 28 feet to 33 feet nationwide would encourage immediate domestic private sector manufacturing investments, put U.S. workers first by supporting domestic jobs, help to support our economic recovery and allow meaningful long-term transportation benefits to help future generations with American manufacturing.

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About Americans for Modern Transportation
Americans for Modern Transportation represents the nation’s largest shippers, carriers and retailers. We are committed to improving the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system and modernizing the delivery of products across the country.