Thursday, May 30, 2013

Members of National Freight Advisory Committee selected

The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) has named its list of members, a diverse group of professionals that will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.

A strong freight transportation system is critical to the nation's economy and essential for helping meet President Obama's goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015.

"The strength of our economy and the strength of our national freight system go hand in hand," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "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 advisory committee is comprised of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation. The deputy secretary and under secretary of transportation for policy, as well as representatives from other federal agencies with freight-related obligations will serve as ex-officio members. Members come with various perspectives on freight transportation and represent various modes of transportation, geographic regions and policy areas. Freight customers and providers, labor representatives, safety experts and government entities are all represented, as well.

Members will serve two-year terms and meet at least three times per year. The first NFAC meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2013, at the Department of Transportation and will include an overview of MAP-21 freight provisions and preliminary identification of NFAC activities.

Secretary LaHood selected members with input from the MAP-21 Freight Implementation Team, as well as the Freight Policy Council, an internal body of USDOT leadership created to facilitate cross-modal implementation of freight provisions in the recently-signed surface transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21.

The National Freight Advisory Committee members are:

Stephen Alterman, Cargo Airline Association

Gregory A. Ballard, City of Indianapolis

Kevin L. Brubaker, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Jeffrey Burns, Parents Against Tired Truckers and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways

Terry Button, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Anne Canby, OneRail

Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen

Kristin Decas, Port of Hueneme

Mortimer L. Downey III, CAGTC

John H. Eaves, Fulton County

John E. Fenton, Patriot Rail Corp.

Karen Flynn, Arkema Inc.

Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County

Genevieve Giuliano, University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy

John Thomas Gray II, Association of American Railroads

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Lambert International Airport

Brad Hildebrand, Cargill, Inc.

Stacey D. Hodge, New York City Department of Transportation

James P. Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

José Holguín-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jack Holmes, UPS Freight

Richard Inclima, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the Teamster Rail Conference

Frances Lee Inman, Majestic Realty Co.

Randell Iwasaki, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Michael Jewell, Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, AFL-CIO

Paul R. Kelly, A & S Service Group

Paul C. LaMarre III, Port of Monroe

Michelle Livingstone, The Home Depot

Bonnie Lowenthal, State of California

Andrew S. Lynn, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

C. Randal Mullett, Con-way Inc.

Rosa Navejar, The Rios Group

Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia

Gary A. Palmer, True Value Company

Craig Philip, Ingram Barge Company

John Previsich, SMART – Transportation Division

William Roberson, Nucor Steel – Berkeley

Christopher T. Rodgers, Douglas County, National Association of Counties

Mark Andrew Savage, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance/Colorado State Patrol

Karen Schmidt, Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board

Ann Schneider, Illinois DOT

Ricky D. Smith, Department of Port Control, Cleveland Airport

Mike Tooley, Montana DOT

Peter G. Vigue, Cianbro Companies

Michael C. Walton, University of Texas Austin

A.C. Warton, City of Memphis

Leonard Waterworth, Port of Houston Authorit

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