U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood yesterday announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee, a panel that will provide recommendations regarding the country’s freight transportation system.
The 47 voting members of the advisory committee include representatives of air, surface, and waterborne transportation, labor, shippers and others. The deputy secretary and undersecretary of transportation for policy and representatives from other federal agencies with freight-related obligations will serve as ex officio members.
“The strength of our economy and the strength of our national freight system go hand in hand,” Secretary LaHood said in a written statement. “The members of this committee understand firsthand the critical importance of freight movement, and their valuable insight will help ensure that our system is more secure and better connected.”
The first meeting of the committee, which is open to the public, is scheduled for June 25 and will include an overview of MAP-21 freight provisions and preliminary identification of NFAC activities.