The Advisory Committee is comprised of 47 voting members from outside the
Department of Transportation that will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.
Congratulations to CE Alumnus Stacey Hodge, Director of the Office of Freight Mobility of the New York City Department of Transportation, on her recent appointment to the National Freight Advisory Committee. In a press release issued on May 30th, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the members of the committee, a diverse group of professionals that will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.
“The strength of our economy and the strength of our national freight system go hand in hand,” said Secretary 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.
Over the last four years, the Obama Administration has made considerable investments in our national freight network. Through four rounds of the TIGER Grant program, DOT has directed $1 billion toward projects that primarily address freight. This includes more than $650 million to projects that strengthen freight rail infrastructure, reduce freight bottlenecks, and alleviate congestion issues, and more than $350 million to our port system.