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Agenda for Action

Avoiding National Gridlock

Good morning and welcome to Atlanta. I couldn't be more pleased to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Industrial Transportation League.

I also want to salute your partners in this event-the Intermodal Association of North America ... and the Transportation Intermediaries Association-who work so diligently to represent the combined interests of our industry.

The NIT League should be proud of its enduring successand influence on issues critical to the nation's commerce. As you might know, 2007 is a special year for my company, too.

The bicycle messenger company that became UPS was founded back in 1907 ... in a basement office under a sidewalk in Seattle.

I came across an interesting statistic from 1907 that sets the table nicely for what I want to talk about today. A traffic study done in 1907 found that horse-drawnvehicles in New York City moved at an average of 11.5 miles an hour.

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