FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C— Today, Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) coalition announces the addition of six new coalition members since the coalition’s launch in January of this year: Sysco, Estes Express Lines, XPO Logistics, PODS, Manufacture Alabama and Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association.
Joining the 18 founding members, including FedEx, UPS, WYRC, and Amazon along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, these companies and associations will actively work to improve America’s transportation network to meet the demands of modern consumers and businesses.
“The growing membership of the AMT coalition reflects the widespread support across the country for commonsense policy upgrades that modernize our transportation system,” said Executive Director Randy Mullett. “Our members have made safety, efficiency and sustainability a top priority. We look forward to working with policymakers to advance policies that will reduce inefficiencies in the industry, while ensuring the best – meaning safe and with limited congestion – road experience for all drivers.”
AMT believes updating trucking configuration policies to allow for the widespread adoption of Twin 33-foot trailers only on highways where Twin 28s currently operate. This policy represents a no-cost and immediate change that will increase efficiency, safety, and sustainability, while we make the long-term investments in infrastructure and technology to drive America forward.
These trailers, which are already allowed in 20 states, carry more freight without changing the federal weight limit. By updating policies to allow Twin 33s to run where Twin 28s currently operate, the industry can move goods with fewer, more modern trucks, thereby reducing wear and tear on our roads and avoiding an estimated 4,500 accidents per year.
A brief description of AMT’s new members is provided below:
- Sysco: Serving approximately 425,000 customers, Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities and other customers who prepare meals away from home.
- Estes Express Lines: Founded in 1931, Estes has grown to a freight carrier employing more than 17000 employees and serving all 50 states.
- XPO Logistics: With over 89,000 employees and 1,431 locations, XPO Logistics uses their network to help customers manage their goods more efficiently throughout their supply chains.
- PODS: Founded in 1998, PODS is the leading provider of portable storage and moving solutions with more than 3 million deliveries and a network that spans 46 U.S. states and Canada.
- Manufacture Alabama: Based in Montgomery, Manufacture Alabama is a trade organization representing hundreds of manufacturing companies, from small family-owned companies to some of the largest, most recognized corporations.
- Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA): Based in Gainesville, Virginia, TTMA is an international trade association whose membership produces more than 90% of truck trailers built in the United States.
About Americans for Modern Transportation
Americans for Modern Transportation represents the nation’s largest shippers, deliverers, and retailers who are committed to improving the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system and modernizing the delivery of products across the country.
The coalition’s members include Amazon, American Highway Users Alliance, Carbon War Room, Estes Express Lines, FedEx, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, International Foodservice Distributors Association, International Warehouse Logistics Association, Manufacture Alabama, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, North American Council For Freight Efficiency, PODS, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Securing America’s Future Energy, Sysco, The National Industrial Transportation League, Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, ULINE, UPS, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, XPO Logistics, and YRCW.