Recommendations emphasize the importance of a long-term transportation plan
WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced receipt of a report from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) that makes recommendations to improve the performance of the Nation’s freight transportation system. These recommendations will be used to inform the development of the DOT’s National Freight Strategic Plan.
On Tuesday, we toured the UPS plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and I spent time with UPS CEO Scott Davis.
Scott is a first-rate leader and commands a team that moves millions of packages a day that come into and out of their one million square foot facility in an average of 13 minutes. UPS moves packages in every way imaginable – by air, rail, truck, and ships. Scott will tell you that, for every five minutes they can save on transporting packages, UPS saves $100 million.
After visiting the Ohio River Bridges project, I headed to UPS Worldport in Louisville, where I had a great conversation with Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS, and business leaders from around the region.
What they made clear to me is the scope of the challenge we’re facing when it comes to transportation in America.
By 2050, we’re going to have to haul an additional 14 billion tons of freight around this country. Needless to say, without new investment, supply chains will fall apart, hindering job growth and harming retailers, manufacturers, and the millions of American consumers who need their goods to be transported efficiently and affordably.
That’s why we’re working so hard to spread the message that investments in infrastructure are absolutely crucial to the health of our nation’s economy.
After our roundtable discussion, I had a chance to tour the Worldport facility with Scott Davis. It’s a great operation – processing an average of 1.6 million packages a day. In fact, I learned that the average package spends only 13 minutes inside the facility! We have one of the best freight systems in the world – but we need to continue investing to stay that way.