Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Four Biggest Myths About Truckers Dispelled

We have been talking about the movement of freight on our roads a lot lately, both because we just wrapped up Phase 2 of the Inland Pacific Hub Project and because we're starting work on our long term Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Horizon 2040.

So I found this infographic (click on it to view full size) interesting. By the way, I 'stole' it, as I often do, from Transportation Issues Daily. It dispels some of the biggest myths about truckers, such as that they cause traffic accidents and use lots of drugs.

When I first started at SRTC six years ago, you never heard the movement of freight discussed when talking about transportation. Now, it's common to hear people talk about trucks on our roads and convenient freight routes when you ask people what their transportation concerns or interests are. So, thought it would be good to set the record straight since we're probably going to see more trucks, rather than less, in the future. Especially with the North Spokane Corridor coming on line.


Larry Ehl said...

Steal all you like, I appreciate your linking to my website/newsletter !

SRTC Staff said...

Thanks Larry! You're a great source of blog material for me. Keep cranking it out please :)

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