DOT Seeking Members of New National Freight Advisory Committee

ACI-NA Memo: Feb. 15, 2013

Executive Summary:  The Department of Transportation announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee to provide recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.  The 25-member Advisory Committee was required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century legislation, commonly known as MAP-21, signed by President Obama in July 2012.  

Issue:  The Advisory Committee will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on matters related to freight transportation in the United States, including:

  1. Implementation of the freight transportation requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141);
  2. Establishment of the National Freight Network;
  3. Development of a National Freight Strategic Plan;
  4. Development of strategies to help States implement State Freight Advisory Committees and State Freight Plans;
  5. Development of measures of conditions and performance in freight transportation;
  6. Development of freight transportation investment, data, and planning tools; and
  7. Legislative recommendations

DOT indicates that Advisory Committee members will be selected with a view toward achieving varied perspectives on freight transportation.

Specifically, the Committee will seek to balance the following interests to the extent practicable: State Departments of Transportation; State, local, and tribal elected officials; local planning offices; shippers, businesses, and economic development; air cargo, freight forwarder, rail, maritime, ports, trucking, and pipelines; labor union, and safety, the environment, and equity communities.

Committee members may serve for a term of 2 years or less and may be reappointed for successive terms, with no more than 2 successive terms.

Full detail of the official notice can be found here: http://www.freight.dot.gov/nfac/nfac_%20frn.pdf

Needed Airport Action:  If you or a member of your staff are interested in serving on the committee, nominations are due to DOT in approximately 30 days.  Nomination details can be found here: http://www.freight.dot.gov/freight_nfac_frn.cfm

ACI-NA Contacts: Nelson Lam

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This notice has been distributed to the following committee: Air Cargo Committee