By Land Line staff
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced the members of the new National Freight Advisory Committee that will recommend ways to improve the nation’s freight transportation system. One of the committee members is OOIDA Senior Member Terry Button of Rushville, N.Y.
Button, a member of OOIDA since 1992, is also a member of the Association’s Board of Directors.
Button, who has been trucking since 1976, owns and operates Terry Button Farms. He describes himself as an owner-operator trucker, shipper, receiver, exporter, broker and family farmer. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Hay Association. Button holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He also has an associate’s degree in agriculture from Morrisville State College, Morrisville, NY.
The Advisory Committee is composed of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation. The deputy secretary and undersecretary of transportation for policy, as well as representatives from other federal agencies with freight-related obligations, will serve as ex-officio members.
According to LaHood’s announcement, the new committee members bring various perspectives on freight transportation and represent various modes of transportation, geographic regions and policy areas. Freight customers and providers, labor representatives, safety experts and government entities are represented as well.
Members will serve two-year terms and meet at least three times per year. The first NFAC meeting was scheduled for June 25 at the Department of Transportation and included an overview of MAP-21 freight provisions and preliminary identification of NFAC activities. LL