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Argentinian Truckers Union Representatives Gain Insight Into Freight Challenges and Developments

Truckers Union Reps from Santa Fe Province, Argentina, gained insight into freight developments during visit to the UTC

Visiting Group from the Santa Fe Province Participate in Discussion Hosted by the UTC

Chicago's growing role as a national leader in freight transportation has contributed to an economic boom in some communities as well as increased congestion.

That was one point addressed April 29 during a 90-minute conversation held at the Urban Transportation Center between academic freight experts and a visiting group from the Trade Union of Truck Drivers, Workers and Employees of Automotive Freight Logistics and Services of the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

The union representatives were in Chicago as part of a tour to learn about current and future freight developments.

Other key topics discussed included: Statistics related to truck versus rail dollar and weight volume; education programs for commercial truck drivers; the impact of new federal regulations on over-the-road trucking; electronic tracking and fleet management programs; and, the use of drones and autonomous freight vehicles.

The discussion was led by these transportation leaders:

  1. UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj
  2. CUPPA Professor Dr. Kazuya Kawamura
  3. Donna Elicke, Fleet Asset Manager at Olive Harvey College
  4. Reggie Greenwood, Director for Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator at Governors State University

UTC student Research Assistants also joined in on the conversation.

Download the PowerPoint presentation delivered during the April 29 visit.

On April 30, the Santa Fe group visited the Illinois International Port District, where Dr. Sriraj serves as a member of the Board of Directors.