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SANDAG Executive Director appointed to national advisory council

SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos has been appointed to a two-year term to represent California on the Marine Transportation System Advisory Council (MTSNAC). The appointment took effect July 28, 2011.

The Council provides advice and makes policy recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on how to improve the efficiency of America’s overall marine transportation system. This system consists of waterways, ports, roads, and other infrastructure elements that facilitate the movement of people and goods to, from, and on the water. 

“Gary Gallegos brings local, regional, and national expertise to the table on the issue of goods movement,” SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks said. “He will be an excellent addition to this important national advisory Council.”

The Council will pay specific attention to the expansion and development of the nation’s marine highway and port system through its Marine Highway Subcommittee and the Port Advisory Council.

The Secretary of Transportation will rely on the Council to provide guidance on the development of a national freight policy and the integration of maritime interests into the overall transportation system. A critical issue for port productivity is the quality of landside access to regional highway and rail networks. The Department is aware of the critical role that municipal planning organizations such as SANDAG now play in planning for improved port access and selected Gallegos for the outstanding partnership that has been developed between the San Diego Unified Port District and SANDAG. 

The council members are executives selected from leading carriers, shippers, port and waterway agencies, labor groups, academia, and federal, state, and local governments.

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