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ITE Presidents -1930s
The following leaders succeeded ITE's first
president, Ernest P. Goodrich.

Gas Tax - January 1, 1932
The first U.S. federal gas tax goes into effect at 1 cent per gallon.

New Deal - 1933-1939
America had started to emerge from its financial troubles that wrought turmoil on so many
businesses and personal lives. Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal funded many of the projects
stalled by the Depression, paving the way for a renewal of the transportation industry.

Safety Issues Abound
Burton W. Marsh
1932-1934

Safety concerns plagued the transportation scene in the early days of the automobile. More
Americans were killed in auto accidents than American soldiers were killed in France during the
first few years after World War I, according to The Detroit News. Three-fourths of the deaths were
pedestrians.2 And, as reported in the ITE publication, Pioneers of Transportation, "The explosion
of automotive travel on inadequate roads and streets was accompanied by a tragic increase in
auto crashes. By 1925, the fatality rate was nearly 18 per 100 million miles of highway travel."3

Library of Congress

Lewis W. McIntyre
1934-1936

Leslie J. Sorenson
1936-1939

Model Ford T. crash in Washington, D.C. in 1922.

Bureau of Motor Carriers - January 1, 1936
The Bureau of Motor Carriers was established on this day by the Interstate Commerce Commission to write and enforce truck safety rules. The first federal truck safety rules were issued
on December 23, 1936.
1) The history of transportation in the United States was compiled with assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation's History
of Transportation webpage, https://www.transportation.gov/50/timeline. 2) "1900-1930: The Years of Driving Dangerously." The Detroit
News, April 26, 2015. [Accessed January 5, 2020] https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan-history/2015/04/26/
auto-traffic-history-detroit/26312107/. 3) Robinson, Carlton C.; Goodman, Leon; Brahms, Thomas W.; Pline, James C.; Dondaville,
Laurence A.; Pisarski, Alan E. Pioneers of Transportation, February 1, 2011, Institute of Transportation Engineers. [Accessed January 5,
2020] https://www.ite.org/pub/?id=5AFE0861-FEF3-C067-77A8-22F9A311AF16. 4) Information on the history of the MUTCD was
gathered from ITE Journal articles written by H. Gene Hawkins, Ph.D., P.E. (F) between 1991-1994. He maintains a website on the history
of the MUTCD. For more information visit https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/ghawkins/MUTCD-History.htm.
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