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Mike Byrnes & Assoc. , Inc. Names the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials as Bumper To BumperŪ People of the Month for June, 2009

Those big commercial vehicles on the highway are impressive. But if it weren't for PEOPLE, those trucks would be sitting idly in terminal yards. With an eye to shining the spotlight on the PEOPLE behind the trucking industry, this month Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc., highlights the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. 

AASHTO logoThe American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

As far as its involvement in trucking-related issues, AASHTO recently joined the 17-member Freight Stakeholders in a call for a national freight strategy, according to an AASHTO press release. As truckers like to say, at one time or another, just about everything we own, from the clothing we wear to the food we eat, spent time as freight. AASHTO and the FSC point out that manufacturers, shippers and businesses rely on the nation's seaports, highways, railroads, and airports to get their raw materials and manufactured goods to the marketplace. America's economy depends on the ability to move freight quickly and efficiently. That's why the FSC has released its 2009 Surface Transportation Reauthorization Platform.

The 10-point platform mandates the development of National Multimodal Freight Strategic Plan. The FSC says the plan should be developed through a partnership between state departments of transportations, cities, counties, Metropolitan Regional Planning Organizations and other stakeholder groups.

"A truly efficient and robust national freight transportation system that reaches into all parts of the country and benefits producers and consumers alike must be a top priority for the federal government," said Allen Biehler, AASHTO president and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Allen Biehler, AASHTO president "We've got to get this right, because there's too much at stake."

In less than 20 years, the number of commercial trucks traveling over America's Interstate systems is expected to double. Today, 70 to 80 percent of the nation's freight moves by truck. In the next 25 years, rail freight is expected to increase by 60 percent. The volume of international containers coming into our ports is forecast to increase from 40 million in 2005 to 110 million by 2020.

The 10-point platform also calls for dedicated funding for freight mobility and goods movement and a stronger and more active federal role and the creation of a of a multimodal freight transportation office in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation to provide coherence and direction to the effort. You can see the Freight Stake Holders Coalition 2009 Surface Transportation Reauthorization Platform at http://tinyurl.com/qm94ut.

Allen Biehler, AASHTO President

Visit the AASHTO Web site at www.transportation.org for other news and resources including

  • the AASHTO Journal, a weekly overview of transportation issues
  • the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update, a Monday-Friday selection of links to transportation-related news stories on the Internet
  • information about TransportationTV, AASHTO's national marketing campaign.