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T-33's Take To The Skies

By Art van Bodegraven | 05/09/2018 | 1:49 PM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


Well, maybe not actually the skies, but quite possibly coming nonetheless.  Friend of many years, Cliff Lynch, pays attention to infrastructure and related developments.  His take is that, many factors included, there are tons of good reasons to launch 33-foot twin trailers (T-33's).

The good stuff?  Improved safety.  3 billion gfewer vehicle miles travelled.  4,500 fewer crashes.  Over 50 million saved by lower congestion.  $2.5 billion in cost reductions.  255 million fewer gallons of fuel used, and 3 million tons of CO2 emissions.  What's not to like?  A lot, if one is in the Congress, it appears, with a DOA transport funding bill in 2015.

Nevertheless, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has fought T-33's hammer and tong, citing competitive disadvantage, safety concerns, TOFC issues, and designs for 53- and 28-foot containers.

Specious on a good day; weak when there is a chance of showers.

But, a number of major league players have banded together to promote T-33's, and just maybe the time has come to upgrade this particular aspect of transport.  One may only hope.



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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