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WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), advising on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.
“The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that America’s ports and waterways are capable of meeting the growing demands of moving freight in the 21st century,” said Secretary Foxx. “This advisory council will help guide us as we continue to invest in American transportation and in America’s future.”
The MTSNAC panel, established in 2010, advises on policy related to the expansion of the Marine Transportation System, the nation’s “Marine Highways” system and the Title XI ship financing process, as well as TIGER grants. Since 2009, over $420 million in TIGER funds has been awarded to 33 ports and marine highway projects ranging in sizes and functions.
“This Council is an excellent example of a coordinated approach with the private sector,” Acting Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen said. “Their expertise and insight inform key decisions as we work to spark growth and ensure the greater efficiency of our Marine Transportation System.”
MTSNAC is comprised of 29 members from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local entities, labor organizations, academics and environmental groups. Council members will serve 2-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term reappointments, and approximately one-third of members’ terms of office shall expire every 2 years. Members are nominated through a full and open process published in the Federal Register.
The new members are:
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