Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Conference to focus on country’s truck transportation system

The U-M Transportation Research Institute will host a conference on efficient, safe and sustainable truck transportation systems for the future June 15-17 at the Michigan League Ballroom.

“Building the Policy Options Roadmap” will bring together technical experts and transportation policy officials from around the world to lay out practical and workable options for ensuring economically viable and socially responsive U.S. commercial truck transportation.

“With major surface transportation legislative reauthorization in the offing — legislation that will likely stake out entirely new policy directions for all highway users — it is critically important to identify ways to balance economic, safety, environmental and energy-use goals in the freight transportation arena,” says conference chair John Woodrooffe, director of UMTRI’s Transportation Safety Analysis Division.

The conference will feature sessions on the extent and future direction of both domestic and international freight transportation in the United States and on technologies and operational practices that address productivity, the environment, safety and infrastructure.

Speakers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations and more will present key findings of research completed over the past 25 years, including international benchmarking of heavy truck productivity and safety.

Conference co-sponsors include the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Con-way Freight and American Trucking Associations.

To register or for more information, visit: www.magictrucks.org.