May 11, 2015 – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) announced that it has joined Infrastructure Week, May 11–15, 2015, with more than 60 national and regional infrastructure and transportation advocacy groups who will participate in a series of events in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Participating organizations are committed to educating lawmakers and the public about America’s neglected infrastructure and the profound consequences that disinvestment has on American businesses and livelihoods.
“All of us at TMAF are thrilled to join such a diverse and broad group of business and transportation interest groups calling attention to America’s critical infrastructure needs and the rapidly approaching Highway Trust Fund fiscal cliff,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc. and second vice chairman of American Trucking Associations. “Trucking companies cannot afford any more delays. Congress must fully fund the federal Highway Trust Fund to safeguard our nation’s economic and national security.”
The professional trucking industry contributes $682 billion in revenue every year to our nation’s economy. Seven million trucking professionals nationwide move food, fuel and critical cargo in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more.
Nearly one third of our nation’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and one out of every nine bridges are structurally deficient, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers report card. TMAF advocates for infrastructure spending to improve highway networks that are most critical to the movement of freight and interstate travel. Improving our nation’s highways also prioritizes the safety of the motoring public.
“This is an important dialogue to have about America’s infrastructure challenges. With Congress’ continued delays, our nation’s infrastructure continues to deteriorate with backlogged transportation projects contributing to thousands of potentially productive hours wasted in congestion and gridlock for our drivers,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. “Our nation’s economy is powered by the cargo hauled by the hard working men and women of our industry and they deserve to deliver America’s goods on roads and bridges that are not structurally deficient.”
TMAF joins a list of prominent organizations and companies in transportation and infrastructure as well as municipalities. To view the list, visit http://infrastructureweek.org/affiliates/.
To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com.
About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.
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