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When the Wheels' Ain't Rollin' in DC (With Apologies to Merle Haggard)

October 1, 2013

Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge must have been watching way too much TV Monday as we approached a government shutdown, because he decided the impasse needed its own song -- sung to the music of the 1975 hit "Movin' On," because Congress is certainly NOT movin' on. Read more, if you dare, in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

A Good Place to Start for Alternative Fuel & Fuel Efficiency Funding

August 28, 2013

Whether you're looking for funding for alternative fueled vehicles, idle reduction or other fuel efficiency and emissions improvers, one blog post out there offers an impressive list of incentive programs.

Tags: MPG, Alternative Fuels, Idle Reduction, Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Toll hikes and the law of unintended consequences

A truck enters the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Photo by Ben Schumin via Wikimedia Commons)

January 3, 2013

As public officials look to public-private partnerships and toll roads as one way to address the issue of infrastructure funding, one question that comes up is whether fewer trucks will use the toll roads, thus leading to lower toll revenues than anticipate

Tags: Government, Infrastructure, Tolls, Pennsylvania

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:49 AM | » Comments(0)

States looking at highway funding

Pennsylvania is one state that may look to raise fuel taxes to pay for an infrastructure funding shortfall.

November 20, 2012

Increasing fuel taxes may be a near-taboo topic on Capitol Hill, but as state legislators and governors look to 2013 budgets and highway funding, a number are considering raising state fuel taxes to pay for needed infrastructure work

Tags: Government, Highways, Diesel, Infrastructure

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:28 PM | » Comments(0)

What will the election mean for infrastructure?

November 8, 2012

So what does Tuesday's election mean for trucking -- specifically, the need to get to work very soon on the next highway bill

Tags: Government, Infrastructure, Highways

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:08 AM | » Comments(0)

In Search of Cross-Border Safety Data

Servicios Refrigerados Internacionales, one of the participants in the cross-border pilot program. (Photo Courtesy MexicoTrucker.com)

October 16, 2012

Listen to opponents of cross-border trucking and you might envision hordes of unsafe, broken-down Mexican rigs swarming across the border. That hardly seems to be the case, given a recent report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Transportation news from the GOP in Tampa

August 29, 2012

"That's what we're looking for now - transportation.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Infrastructure and the presidential race

Rep. Paul Ryan, left, now the vice presidential candidate, speaks with President Barack Obama in 2010.

August 15, 2012

We finally got a highway bill, but since it only runs two years, it's something either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is going to have to deal with during the next presidential administration

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:13 AM | » Comments(1)

Barges and trains don't deliver to Walmart (or the Euro equivalent)

July 15, 2012

Sounds like U.S. officials aren't the only ones who think the answer to problems such as greenhouse gas pollution and congestion is to shift freight off of trucks

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:44 PM | » Comments(0)

Thinking big on infrastructure

The Missouri DOT does a bridge inspection. Many of the nation's bridges are deemed functionally or structurally deficient.

April 11, 2012

Kudos to U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins for daring to think big when it comes to infrastructure

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:17 PM | » Comments(0)

Why are there tolls on interstates?

The Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1942.

February 19, 2012

The Federal Highway Administration recently named the third and final state in a pilot program on adding tolls to existing Interstate highways. But obviously there are already tolls on many Interstates. What gives

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, February 19, 2012 10:37 AM | » Comments(0)

Are tolls the answer to our crumbling infrastructure?

The South Bay Expressway was touted as an example of how public-private partnerships could work. But only a few years after it opened, it filed for bankruptcy reorganization.

December 28, 2011

Two stories hit my desk last week that highlight the place of tolls and public-private partnerships in the debate on infrastructure funding

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:22 AM | » Comments(1)

Romney Says Borrowing OK for Infrastructure

December 20, 2011

As our elected officials on Capitol Hill continue to kick the can down the road on a highway bill, one presidential hopeful was caught on tape saying as much as he hates borrowing, transportation infrastructure might be one place it makes sense

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 20, 2011 6:29 AM | » Comments(1)

Senate Gets Version of NAT GAS Act; Bipartisan Backers Tout Jobs, Energy Security Benefits

Natural gas-fueled engines are now available for trucks, but cost has limited market penetration. If the NAT GAS Act becomes law and the credits begin to flow, CNG and LNG powered vehicles should become more popular. Photo by Jim Park.

November 15, 2011

A U.S. Senate bill granting generous tax credits for using natural gas as a motor fuel will create jobs, make the United States more self-sufficient in energy and has broad bipartisan support, say Democrat and Republican senators who introduced it yesterday

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 15, 2011 6:23 PM | » Comments(0)

What will become of Obama's infrastructure bank proposal?

President Obama delivers his jobs speech to Congress.

September 9, 2011

Is an infrastructure bank a "Fannie and Freddie for roads and bridges," or a silver bullet to fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges and create jobs

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 9, 2011 11:26 AM | » Comments(0)

CARB Staff: Compliance Deadline for '04 Reefers Should Stay Dec. 31

September 8, 2011

There'll be no extensions to the seven-year legal life of 2004-model transport refrigeration units (TRUs), which will expire Dec. 31 if the California Air Resources Board sides with the recommendation of its staff

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Abolish the federal fuel tax?

August 15, 2011

UPDATED -- It seems these days the only thing Congress can agree on is that they disagree on most everything. Now that the debt ceiling crisis has passed, the next battle could affect you

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 15, 2011 11:49 AM | » Comments(1)

Highway funding in crisis

Four years ago, the I-35W highway bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed. Many hoped it would lead to a major change in infrastructure funding. (Photo from Minnesota DOT)

August 1, 2011

Four years ago this week, the eight-lane, 1,907-foot-long I-35W highway bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis experienced a catastrophic failure in the main span of the deck truss, with more than 100 vehicles on the 1,000-foot span when it collapsed.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, August 1, 2011 2:36 PM | » Comments(0)

Blinded by Science in Hours of Service Debate

May 2, 2011

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration goes about rewriting its hours of service rules for truck drivers, it has been careful to make sure those changes are backed up by scientific studies. But it's starting to look like the regulators need to go back to science class

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 2, 2011 1:54 PM | » Comments(0)

DeFazio on his Detention Bill

Will a bill to address detention issues mean drivers get paid for waiting? (Photo courtesy PacLease)

February 18, 2011

"Until there is a consequence to the shippers, and those who are receiving the freight, they're going to keep abusing the truck drivers.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 12:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Time to Submit Your Comments on HOS Proposal

January 27, 2011

I've heard a lot of talk about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new hours of service proposal. It's too complicated, it would harm productivity, it wouldn't improve safety, and so on. But have you told all that to the agency yet

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Investing in the Future with Infrastructure

President Barack Obama jogs across the tarmac to shakes hands with people gathered to watch his arrival on Air Force One at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., Dec. 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 7, 2010

Infrastructure investment was one of the areas President Barack Obama singled out as "necessary for America to win the future" in a speech this week on the economy at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 7, 2010 10:26 AM | » Comments(0)

On the Border

November 8, 2010

Now that the elections are over, Mexican officials are likely to push even harder to get the cross-border trucking dispute ironed out in this window of time before the 2012 elections start consuming the administration's attention

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 8, 2010 3:46 PM | » Comments(0)

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