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Whose Infrastructure— Ours or Theirs?

The Trump infrastructure plan calls for spending $1 trillion-- but how much on what remains to be explained. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

Listen carefully when you hear a politician or a lobbyist speak of “infrastructure.” To really mean anything, that big ugly word has got to be qualified. READ MORE

Tags: Highway Funding, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, November 18, 2016 12:47 PM | » Comments(0)

Outside the Beltway: Tour the Statehouse Battlegrounds

Colorado State Capitol Building, Denver. Photo: Colorado Tourism Office

Executive Editor David Cullen takes a look at how this election may shake at in statehouses across the country in his Passing Zone blog. READ MORE

Tags: State Legislation

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2016 1:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Hope for Highways Inside the Beltway

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Executive Editor David Cullen shares his thoughts on a new survey on what issues are most likely to make it through Congress next year, no matter who wins the White House, in his Passing Zone blog. READ MORE

Tags: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Highway Funding, Election Day

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, November 7, 2016 2:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Will Trump Effect Unseat Key House Transpo Leaders?

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) Photo: Evan Lockridge

Of great interest to the trucking industry is the impact Donald Trump’s recent free fall in the polls may have on the reelection of key members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. READ MORE

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Chuck Schumer

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:49 AM | » Comments(4)

Parsing the Party Platforms on Transportation

The text of both the Democratic and Republican 2016 platforms runs for about 50 pages and each devotes just about 200 words to issues directly related to transportation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the positions presented are largely mirror images; that is to say, they are direct opposites. READ MORE

Tags: Politics, Infrastructure Funding, The White House

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Could House Caucus Drive Forward Self-Driving Trucks?

Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

Although the makeup of its initial members as well as its stated goals strongly suggest its main focus will be on benefiting the auto industry, the new bipartisan House Smart Transportation Caucus may also help put autonomous trucks on the nation’s highway. READ MORE

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2016 1:15 PM | » Comments(1)

Some Shippers Serve Up a Different Take on Green

The Jolly Green Giant of General Mills Image: generalmills.com

Eleven natural food suppliers plus outdoors outfitter Patagonia are urging the proposed Phase 2 round of GHG/MPG standards be tightened and sped up. READ MORE

Tags: Phase 2 GHG Proposals, EPA, NHTSA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2016 12:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Cosmo and the Woman Trucker

Rusty Dow, a Corps truck driver, traversed the Alaska Highway during the 1940s. Image: Army Corps of Engineers

Cosmopolitan is not where most would-be truckers will turn for advice on launching a career behind the wheel. READ MORE

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women Drivers

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:37 PM | » Comments(0)

Will Highway Trust Fund Run Dry in 5 Years?

The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent by the end of 2021.

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

A new projections from the Congressional Budget Office about where the Highway Trust Fund will be by the end of 2021 illustrates the inherent flaw in how Congress chose to fund the FAST Act. David Cullen explores the ramifications in his "Passing Zone" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Congress, Congressional Budget Office, AASHTO, Highway Bill

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Whole Lotta Leasin' Goin' On

TRALA member firms own one of every four Class 2-8 commercial trucks now on the road. Image: TRALA

Anyone who knows trucking knows an awful lot of the trucks running around this big country are not owned by the company whose name is stenciled on the truck’s door or emblazoned, logo and all, along the side. Maybe even more than you think, says David Cullen in his latest Passing Zone blog post. READ MORE

Tags: Leasing, TRALA, Truck Rental

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, January 11, 2016 2:15 PM | » Comments(0)

For Whom the Bridge Is Tolled…

Image via www.dot.ri.gov

The question, agree those on both side of the truck-tolling divide, is how to pay for the extensive repairs and improvements needed to keep Rhode Island competitive with its New England neighbors. READ MORE

Tags: Tolls, Rhode Island, Highway Funding, Bridges

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, January 5, 2016 7:40 PM | » Comments(0)

Washington Wrap-Up 2015

Five things that got done for trucking inside the Beltway

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

A lot of lobbying and politicking went on in Washington throughout 2015, but by year's end these were the five things that got done that most helped or will help trucking keep rolling ahead... READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, U.S. Congress

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, December 29, 2015 3:06 PM | » Comments(2)

Trucking Inside Mexico

Motor carriers face some unique challenges south of the border, but their drive to succeed is no different than that of U.S. and Canadian truckers.

Ramón Medrano, Alex Thiessen, Stefan Kürschner and Miguel Gómez, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo: David Cullen

Motor carriers face some unique challenges south of the border, but their drive to succeed is no different than that of U.S. and Canadian truckers. READ MORE

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, December 14, 2015 9:50 PM | » Comments(1)

Death on the Highway: Ignorance Kills

Photo: Seeing Machines

Buried in the stats of accident reporting lies the unvarnished truth: Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance kills. READ MORE

Tags: driver safety, Driver Behavior, Driver Training, NHTSA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, November 30, 2015 6:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Good News on Trust Fund Is Not Necessarily Good News for Highway Bill

When is good news not good news? When Congress hears about it…

Given all that will go on in Congress, a long-term highway bill may not come together until, yes, 2017.

Transportation-policy consultant Ken Orski argues in his latest Innovation NewsBrief update that the urgency to pass a long-term highway bill has “largely vanished” thanks to the Dept. of Transportation revealing that the Highway Trust Fund isn’t in imminent danger of running dry. READ MORE

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:03 PM | » Comments(2)

Highway Bill and The Sausage Factory

It's not a family-friendly flick or a Wes Craven slasher coming to a theater near you...

&#39;Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.&#39; Image: National Hot Dog &amp;amp; Sausage Council<br />

It's not a family-friendly flick or a Wes Craven slasher coming to a theater near you... READ MORE

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Sunday, August 2, 2015 9:15 PM | » Comments(0)

What's Worse than Yet Another Highway Bill Patch?

The answer: Not even knowing how far the next extension will stretch.

Trivia Pursuit: Who&#39;s the catcher?

Baseball is America’s cherished Rite of Spring. Except in Washington, where slapping a patch on the Highway Trust Fund has become the signature of the season. READ MORE

Tags: Highway Trust Fund

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Sensing a Disruption

Joe McAleese, speaking at the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship conference. Photo: Bendix

In his new Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen examines vehicle-mounted sensors - a deceptively disruptive technology that has in many ways reshaped the trucking landscape. READ MORE

Tags: Technology, Engine Technologies, Future Trucks, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, April 17, 2015 11:51 AM | » Comments(0)

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