Thank – don’t curse – that truck

By Morf Morford
Tacoma Daily Index

We might not think about it very much, but virtually everything we eat, wear or buy gets to us by truck.

Some products come to us, at least partially, by rail or water, but the vast majority of everything else gets to us by those big rigs we might not even notice – or curse when they are in front of us on the freeway.

All that stuff needs to get to our homes and businesses somehow and trucking is a remarkably flexible and efficient way to deliver it.

Truck are the great intersection between rails and our port – and they bring things to our doors at all times of day, in all kinds of weather. They are, by far, the most resilient and resourceful links in the supply chain that provides for us – and employs many – in a variety of transportation sectors.

Close to 50,000 jobs in the Puget Sound area are tied to our ports.  (1*)

And if you think about it, the much vaunted online economy would barely exist without the affordable and reliable versatility of trucks.

So next time you see a big truck, remember that they just might be working for you or carrying something for someone you know.

They have a job to do and they are out there doing it.

Trucks deliver our produce, haul our buildings and take away our garbage – among many other things. We might dread being next to one on the freeway or seeing one in our neighborhood, but we would  be lost without them.

(1*)    You can see details on jobs and income generated by our ports here – https://www.nwseaportalliance.com/stats-stories or here https://www.nwseaportalliance.com/stats-stories/economic-impact

Virtually everything we use comes from somewhere else.  Ever wonder how it got here? Photo: Morf Morford

Virtually everything we use comes from somewhere else.
Ever wonder how it got here? Photo: Morf Morford