This Editorial appears in the Nov. 26 print edition of Transport Topics.
The amazing response to American Trucking Associations’ Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking reaffirms just how interested the industry is in finding a cheaper, dependable alternative fuel source.
Seats to the event sold out quickly, and ATA was able to accommodate those on its waiting list only after more space was secured at the host hotel because another group switched its meeting dates.
More than 500 paid attendees will be in the audience this week, as the event unfolds on Nov. 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel, adjacent to Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
This event marks the first public conference to be sponsored by ATA in recent memory; most of the federation’s events are restricted to members and invited guests.
The summit comes as prices for the industry’s primary fuel, diesel, hover near $4 a gallon. While prices have been dipping of late, the average price is close to what it was a year ago.