Worth a Second Look

Shortly after the holidays, outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx released the final Beyond Traffic 2045 study highlighting transportation challenges facing the United States over the next three decades.

While you may have been overwhelmed by its heft at 200-plus pages, you may want to go back and take a good look at the document. There are a number of interesting questions and trends posed by the report. These are things those of us involved in the transportation industry simply can’t afford to ignore.

For example, did you know that in 2014, more than 10 million trucks moved over 10 billion tons of freight across America’s highways? And that by 2045, freight volume could increase by more than 40 percent from 11.5 billion tons to 16.5 billion tons? Or how about the current annual cost of truck congestion system wide is $28 billion?

If you haven’t taken a look at the report, be sure to download it. Or visit the U.S. Department of Transportation web site for more information.

Happy Holidays

We give thanks for the wonderful memories made in 2016.

We wish you and yours a joyful season filled with blessings and even more special memories. Spend time with loved ones and cherish your time together. Time marches on too fast.

May 2017 bring you much peace, happiness, and success.

Doug, Gregory and Stephen
SiefkesPetit Communications

From left, Stephen Petit, Doug Siefkes, and Gregory Van Tighem wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From left, Stephen Petit, Doug Siefkes, and Gregory Van Tighem wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Idaho Mountain Gem

Here's another video offering an amazing aerial look at the harvesting of the U.S. Capital Christmas Tree, an 80-foot Englemann Spruce from the Payette National Forest. Can't help but feel a certain sense of pride watching that gorgeous red Kenworth T680 pull the 80-foot trailer across the Payette River.