An Emporia businessman has been appointed to a recently-formed state committee on freight transport matters.
Joe Pimple of Sauder Custom Fabrication is among almost 30 business representatives on the committee, which had its origins in the Kansas Transportation Summit held last fall in Emporia. Participants said the Kansas Department of Transportation needed a better understanding of how expanding freight traffic could impact other transportation matters, so KDOT agreed to form the exploratory committee.
Board members will address planning, investment and operation concerns to provide input to Transportation Secretary Mike King. They will also help King prioritize high-priority highway and rail corridors and also look ahead to multimodal freight infrastructure needs as that method of transportation continues to grow.
Numerous state agencies are also involved, including KDOT, Kansas Turnpike Authority, Highway Patrol and Kansas Department of Commerce.