DEMAND FOR CONSUMER & COMMERCIAL GOODS IS GROWING
TRADE HAS GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY IN RECENT DECADES. MOST COMMERCIAL CARGO TRAVELING LESS THAN 500 MILES IS CURRENTLY MOVED BY TRUCKS, WHICH SHARE PUBLIC ROADS WITH PRIVATE VEHICLES.
INCREASED TRAFFIC CONGESTION
While economic growth and increased commerce are good things for the state of Texas and the country as a whole, the resulting truck traffic increases traffic congestion, pollution and safety risks for travelers.
DECLINING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE
The volume of truck and private vehicle traffic in many areas has grown faster than our transportation infrastructure was designed to handle.
Auto exhaust, particularly what contributes to increased emissions in congested urban areas, such as during rush hour –increases air pollution, resulting in worsening pulmonary health and rising societal health care costs.
THESE PROBLEMS ARE
MOST EVIDENT IN
MAJOR INTERMODAL CARGO HUBS
MORE TRUCK TRAFFIC ON OUR ROADWAYS MEANS:
MORE TIME SPENT SITTING IN TRAFFIC
MORE POLLUTION FROM IDLING VEHICLES
This results in problems costly to society due to increased emissions, infrastructure damage and accidents.
In addition, shippers and independent truck drivers are seeing their costs of doing business rise as the requirements for just-in-time delivery, fuel and vehicle maintenance costs and the constant consumer demand for lower prices intersect.
Coupled with the lack of truck drivers, trucks and equipment in some regions makes delivering goods to local markets not only costly, but in some cases cost prohibitive.
CONSTANT CONSUMER DEMAND FOR LOWER PRICES
DEMAND FOR JUST-IN-TIME DELIVERY
THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IS RISING
FOR SHIPPERS & INDEPENDENT TRUCK DRIVERS