U.S. FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM EXPERIENCING INCREASED CONGESTION AND FATAL CRASHES; FREIGHT MOVEMENT HAMPERED BY LACK OF ADEQUATE FUNDING FINDS NEW NATIONAL REPORT

WHEN:

Thursday, October 3, 2019. Report available on TRIP website at 6:00 a.m. EDT.

WHAT:

A new report to be released Thursday by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit, based in Washington, DC., examines the ability of the nation’s freight transportation system to efficiently and safely accommodate the growing demand for freight movement amid inadequate transportation capacity, a lack of funding for needed improvements to the freight network, a shortage of drivers, and consumer demands for faster delivery.

The report, “America’s Rolling Warehouses: Opportunities and Challenges with the Nation’s Freight Delivery System,” ranks the states with the greatest amount of freight shipped to or from sites in their state, states with the highest share of Interstate vehicle miles of travel by combination trucks, states with the largest average annual number of large truck fatalities, and states with the largest projected increase in freight movement between 2016 and 2045. TRIP’s report also identifies the nation’s 20 worst freight highway bottlenecks and concludes with a series of recommendations to improve the nation’s freight transportation system.

TRIP spokespersons are available Thursday via phone and Skype for interviews and comments. Contact TRIP spokespersons below if you would like to request an embargoed copy of the report. The embargo will lift at 6:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, October 3.

CONTACT:

Rocky Moretti (TRIP)  202-262-0714 (cell) rocky.moretti (Skype)

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP)  703-801-9212 (cell) carolynbonifas (Skype)