Washington, DC – Virginia Port Authority Executive Director Jerry A. Bridges has been named to the new Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), established to advise the U.S. Department of Transportation on matters relating to marine transportation.
The department of transportation will task the MTSNAC with developing recommendations on establishing new marine highway services and port infrastructure development, among other issues. The appointment was made by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; Bridges is one of 29 panel members.
"Shifting some of our freight from the highways to open inland waterways is a fuel-efficient, cost-effective way to move goods and reduce roadway congestion," LaHood said. "The recommendations developed by the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council will help us increase transportation efficiency, improve the environment and grow the economy."
In creating the MTSNAC, the department of transportation sought members with exemplary experience in serving on other government and industry maritime advisory panels. Members were nominated through a full and open process published in the Federal Register.
"The experience brought to bear by this diverse panel is impressive," said Maritime Administrator David Matsuda. "These maritime experts have a lot to contribute. I look forward to their advice as we tackle the industry's most pressing challenges."