Trucking Continues to Be the Dominant Mode of Freight Transportation
According to a report by the American Trucking Association (ATA), in 2013 trucking remained as the most prevalent way of transporting goods in the US. In fact, it became even more important, as 69.1 percent of all freight transported during the year were hauled by trucks, amounting to a total of 9.7 billion tons.
Both of these numbers are larger than they were in 2012, when trucking accounted for 68.7 percent of hauled freight, while the total tonnage was 9.4 billion tons.
Even revenue seems to be up, as 81.2 percent of total freight revenue was collected by trucking, compared to 80.7 percent in 2012. This makes an annual increase of 0.5 percent.
ATA’s president Bill Graves thinks the report comes to reassert “what a critical role trucking plays in the U.S. economy”, a role that is growing “despite the challenges of congestion, regulations and crumbling infrastructure.”
He used the report, coinciding with the beginning of Infrastructure Week, to remind the public once again that “it is time for our elected leaders to do their part to ensure that the highways we use to move America’s goods safely and efficiently are in good condition.”
Read the full article in Transport Topics.