The TRIP Board of Directors met by web conference last Thursday to discuss timely issues and accomplishments.

ACPA has been and will continue to be well represented. Incoming 2021 ACPA Chairman, David Howard of Koss Construction Co., was elected to a one-year term and Jerry Voigt was re-elected to a three-year term on the TRIP Board of Directors, also beginning in 2021.

TRIP continues to produce national, state and local highway and road reports, and in 2020, the reports generated 210 TV and radio news broadcasts, as well as 120 newspaper placements and web posts worth an earned-media value of $2.6 million and a potential reach of more than 19 million people (not including social media posts from other people and organizations). Seven state reports have been released to date in 2020 and more than twenty additional reports are pending release yet this year.

The tone from recent TRIP interviews of state DOT officials was reported as centering on state’s need for recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. Given the current environment, TRIP will be focusing its efforts on recovery funding needs as it pursues earned media on behalf of the surface transportation industry. TRIP will also focus on the trends for vehicle miles traveled on a state-by-state and national basis.

TRIP also approved moving its operations to a primarily virtual office format. TRIP will use a shared office space provider for the organization’s headquarters in 2021. The organization expects to save as much as $45,000 and will revisit this decision amid pandemic and economic environment developments in the third quarter of 2021.