Director of TTI’s Center for Ports and Waterways (CPW) Jim Kruse has been appointed to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). Kruse’s two-year term is effective July 1, 2016. He’s the first TTI employee to be appointed to the advisory committee. Kruse, who is also a TTI research scientist, became director of CPW in 2002.
MTSNAC members provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. secretary of transportation on all matters related to the nation’s marine transportation system.
“This appointment is certainly a highlight of my career, and I feel honored to serve with the other committee members,” Kruse says. “Among the priorities we’ll tackle over the next two years is the expansion of the Marine Transportation System for freight and passengers and identifying ways to reduce congestion and increase mobility throughout the domestic transportation system.”
According to the U.S. Maritime Administration website, “MTSNAC is comprised of 29 leaders from commercial transportation firms, port and water stakeholders, labor, and Federal, state and local public entities. The Council provides an industry stakeholder and academic prospective to Departmental policies that affect efficient and environmentally friendly waterborne freight and passenger movements.”