METRANS and MetroFreight Director Genevieve Giuliano traveled to Washington, D.C. this summer to offer insights on a recent slate of recommendations that memebers of the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) submitted to (former) U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in June.
Giuliano is serving as one of three designated freight experts appointed to the committee by former Secretary LaHood. Giuliano's fellow designated freight experts are Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Michael C. Walton, University of Texas at Austin. METRANS Advisory Board Memebers Fran Inman of Majestic Realty and Randy Iwasaki of Contra Costa Transportation Authority were also appointed by Secretary LaHood to serve on the committee.
In accordance with the 2012 transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the 47 member committee was charged with providing recommendations to the DOT Secretary regarding how the DOT can implement a National Freight Strategic Plan to revise its policies to create a more efficient and sustainable freight system.