June 23rd, 2016 by AAA
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2016)- Today the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) named Columbus, OH as the winner of its Smart City Challenge. AAA’s Managing Director of Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy, Jill Ingrassia, has released the following statement in response to the announcement.
“AAA applauds USDOT, Vulcan Inc., all of the Smart Cities Challenge finalists and other partners for their commitment to improving the future of our country’s transportation system. Smart transportation is the fundamental building block of a smart city. By leveraging new technology, data analysis, collaboration and innovation, cities like Columbus, Ohio will demonstrate smart ways to address our 21st century transportation challenges. Congratulations to the city of Columbus and its partners. We look forward to seeing the innovations that will make transportation in Ohio more integrated, safe and efficient.”
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 56 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
February 1st, 2012 by AAA
Increase in Truck Size in House Transportation Bill is Troublesome
WASHINGTON, D.C., (February 1, 2012) – AAA opposes language in the U.S. House surface transportation authorization bill that allows for truck size and weight increases. Citing a complete lack of current research and data, AAA is warning that moving ahead with this provision could have serious safety consequences for those traveling on our nation’s highways.
“With a nine percent increase in truck related fatalities in 2010, traffic safety is a significant concern,” said AAA Managing Director of Government Relations & Traffic Safety Advocacy, Jill Ingrassia. Advocating on behalf of the safety of its 53 million members and road users nationwide, AAA is calling on Congress to strip this provision from the transportation bill. “Additional research is required to demonstrate exactly how bigger and heavier trucks would impact traffic safety. Absent this research, we cannot take the chance – there is simply too much at stake.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the additional cost of repairing bridge damage caused by raising truck weights to 97,000 pounds could cost as much as $65 billion. “Far too often, terms like “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete” are used to describe our roadway system. Bigger and heavier trucks will impose greater damage to an already overburdened and neglected system.” said Ingrassia.
To learn more about AAA’s efforts to support a national transportation authorization bill visit MakingAmericaStronger.AAA.com.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.