FoxBusiness reported recently on the shortage of truckers, specifically long-haulers, as per the ATA (American Trucking Association) the trucking industry has a shortage of about 30,000 of qualified drivers, and expected to raise to 200,000 over the next 10 years. Is DOT Secretary Foxx looking into this, there seems to be a significant opportunity to create new jobs in the transportation sector?
According to the June 2014 North American freight Numbers, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that "Trucks carry three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA freight and are the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks carried 59.5 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight in June 2014, accounting for $29.8 billion of imports and $31.4 billion of exports."
There is a strong focus on infrastructure investments which is necessary but the DOT should not overlook an opportunity to create jobs.