Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the trucking industry’s image and education movement, is an official affiliate of Infrastructure Week 2016 — a series of events, education and advocacy efforts underway this week aimed at bringing infrastructure to the forefront as a critical issue impacting all Americans.
“We’re proud to support Infrastructure Week once again because the trucking industry knows firsthand how important safe, state-of-the-art roads are to making our jobs possible,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express Inc., and first vice chairman of American Trucking Associations (ATA).
“We are committed to safety for our drivers and everyone they share the road with. And, as any driver will tell you, well-built roads, bridges, and tunnels are key to helping us fulfill that commitment.”
This week, TMAF is joining hundreds of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors in raising awareness around the need to invest in the infrastructure that makes up the backbone of the United States. This year’s theme is “Infrastructure Matters,” and throughout the week, affiliates will demonstrate how infrastructure impacts the country, the U.S. economy, quality of life, safety and communities. They will also urge leaders from the public and private sectors to address the country’s trillion-dollar infrastructure investment gap.
“We often speak about everything that trucking brings communities — the food on your shelf, the medical supplies for hospitals and the supplies in your schools. But what some may not realize is that our jobs rely on infrastructure to make that happen,” said Burch. “Infrastructure Week aligns with our priorities and is yet another opportunity to join powerful voices in telling our story and how it affects all Americans.”
Last year’s Infrastructure Week brought nearly 30 mayors and dozens of state legislators, business executives, and labor leaders to participate in events on Capitol Hill; in addition, affiliates met with more than 300 members of Congress and their staffs, while Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also addressed the issue.