HIGHWAYS FOR EFFICIENT AND SAFE GOODS DISTRIBUTION, KEYNOTE ADDRESS

This keynote address makes the following points: (1) Highways in the United States are a prime concern of the individual states and of AASHTO because (a) they are the backbone of the transportation system and industry, and (b) states have primary responsibility for them. (2) Highways can exist without the motor carrier industry, but the motor carrier industry cannot exist without highways. Likewise, the efficiency of the motor carrier industry depends on efficiency of the highway system. The proposed National Highway System (NHS) will be critical to the U.S. economy. The highway community and motor carrier industry must work together to bring about the NHS. (3) The use of highways simultaneously by passenger cars and heavy trucks creates conditions that place limitations on the motor carrier industry. (4) When viewed from both a national and international perspective, trucks are dominant over other freight transportation modes because of their flexibility. (5) Important reasons will compel all parties who have a stake in the motor carrier industry--truck designers and manufacturers, highway engineers, and truckers--to work together in developing the NHS. (6) Highway engineering has moved well beyond the bounds of civil engineering. Today's highway engineer must understand the total impact of a proposed highway on such diverse areas as the surrounding environment, air quality, noise, and traffic management.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: p. 141-142
  • Monograph Title: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MOTOR CARRIER TRANSPORTATION, WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA, MAY 31-JUNE 4, 1993
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00667559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309055172
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1994 12:00AM