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December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Infrastructure, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Blumenauer to Propose Diesel and Gasoline Tax Hikes

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Infrastructure

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Announces “Corridors of Commerce” Projects

List of Corridors of Commerce projects. Credit: Minn. DOT.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have announced ten highway construction projects will receive funding through the state’s new $300 million Corridors of Commerce program.

Tags: Minnesota, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Looks for Highway Trust Fund Fix

At a hearing on the Highway Trust Fund Tuesday it was clear that the key House transportation committee has some distance to go before it can achieve consensus on how the fund could be made whole, or even if it should be preserved.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Infrastructure, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Construction Underway on New Washington I-5 Bridge Following Collapse

This design visual shows how and where crews will install the pilings to support the work platforms. Credit: Washington State DOT.

Work to install the new permanent span for the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington, Wash., is officially underway, but new delays and detours will happen again in a few weeks.

Tags: I-5, Interstate 5, Washington, Highways, Skagit River Bridge, Infrastructure, Bridges

July 2, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Nation’s Road Conditions Show Slight Improvement

As Americans hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, they’ll be driving on slightly smoother roads, crossing fewer deficient bridges and spending less time stuck in traffic jams, according to think tank the Reason Foundation and its new Annual Highway Report.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highways, Infrastructure

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

New GAO Report Shows High Number of Bridges are in “Poor Condition”

A new report says despite some improvements in the past decade, a substantial number of U.S. bridges are still in poor condition. The report from the Government Accountability Office was in response to the May collapse of a bridge along Interstate 5 in Washington state.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, GAO, Bridge

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Bridge Set to Reopen in Mid-June with Temporary Fix

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a plan to replace the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon after it was damaged by a truck hauling an oversize load on Thursday, closing a section of the route.

Tags: NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridge, Washington, Infrastructure

May 23, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Bridge Partially Collapses in Washington State

UPDATED -- A bridge along Interstate 5 in Washington state partially collapsed Thursday evening, closing part of the route. Authorities are blaming it on a truck pulling an oversize load but the company says it has the proper permit to use the route.

Tags: Infrastructure, Washington, Highways, I-5

April 17, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Tasked with Developing Freight Transportation Improvements

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) have announced the members of a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the economy.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways, U.S. House of Representatives, MAP-21

April 8, 2013 - Industry News

Vermont Considering Tax Hikes for Diesel and Gasoline

As lawmakers in Vermont look to raise money for road and other transportation projects, trucking could get dragged into the mix with talk of a possible diesel tax hike. One proposal in the state legislature calls for increasing the diesel tax by 2 cents per gallon this year followed by a 2-cent hike in 2014.

Tags: Vermont, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Highways, Infrastructure, Taxes

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Gridlock Grows Worse

A new report says gridlock in the U.S. has staged a dramatic comeback after two years of post-recession lows, but it’s also a sign the economy is bouncing back. Data from the most recent Inrix Gridlock Index shows traffic jumped by almost 10% during February – the largest year-over-year increase recorded in two years, and a healthy sign of rising economic activity across 100 metro areas.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Infrastructure, Inrix

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Engineers Give America's Infrastructure a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers says the state of America's infrastructure rose slightly, going from a D in 2009 to a D+ in its 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, and projected a $1.5 trillion funding shortfall by 2020 based on current funding levels.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Gov. Fuel Tax Plan Similar to Virginia's

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has borrowed a page from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s playbook, with proposed changes to the state’s tax on gasoline to raise highway funds. According to published reports there is no indication that it would affect the diesel fuel tax.

Tags: Taxes, Infrastructure, Maryland, Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil

February 25, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia Assembly Clears Transport Revenue Package

The Virginia General Assembly passed a landmark transportation package that replaces the per-gallon fuel tax with a wholesale tax, plus other revenue raisers, and addressed the controversial issue of adding tolls to I-95.

Tags: Infrastructure, Tolls, Virginia, MAP-21

February 14, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Moving Ahead with MAP-21 Freight Initiatives

The new National Freight Strategic Plan will look at different transportation modes.

The Department of Transportation is asking for nominations for a committee that will establish the National Freight Strategic Plan that's called for in last year's highway bill, and has proposed a process for desgnating a national freight network.

Tags: Highways, Infrastructure, DOT, National Freight Strategic Plan, MAP-21, National Freight Network

February 14, 2013 - Industry News

Infrastructure Featured in State of Union, House Hearing

Infrastructure had its moment in the spotlight this week as President Obama called for most-needed repairs funded in part by private investment, and the lead transportation committee in the House kicked off what will be a two-year effort to reauthorize the federal highway program.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure

February 6, 2013 - Industry News

Congestion Cost Trucking $27 billion in 2011

Congestion has a price, and for the trucking industry, It's billions of dollars lost. The total financial cost of congestion in 2011 was $121 billion, up one billion dollars from the year before and translating to $818 per U.S. commuter. Of that total, about $27 billion worth was wasted time and diesel fuel from trucks moving goods on the system.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Infrastructure, Highways

January 24, 2013 - Industry News

House Transportation Committee Sets Agenda

Trucking issues rank high on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee agenda for the coming year. The committee, which met earlier this week to set its oversight plan and confirm leadership positions, will be keeping an eye on national freight policy, on tolling activities in the states, on the CSA safety enforcement program and on the hours-of-service rule

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, Hours of Service

January 17, 2013 - Industry News

Engineers Warn About the Economic Impact of Not Investing in Infrastructure

A lack of funding in infrastructure will mean more to the people of the United States than a few more potholes in the road. According to the American Society of Civil Engineer's Failure to Act report, "The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future," the U.S. government and its people will be feeling the lack of infrastructure funding in their wallets

Tags: Infrastructure, Economy

January 9, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Suggests Mileage Fees for Trucks

Congress might want to consider a mileage fee for trucks and electric vehicles when it looks for ways to strengthen highway funding, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while privacy concerns and other issues limit the usefulness of such fees for automobiles, Congress should consider a pilot program to test them for trucks and electric cars

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, VMT, Taxes

December 27, 2012 - Industry News

Top 10 Trucking Stories and Trends from 2012, Part 4

As we begin 2013, it's a good time to look back on 2012 at some of the biggest trucking stories and trends. Here are our picks for the top two stories of the year

Tags: Industry, Infrastructure, CSA

December 17, 2012 - Industry News

Bill Would Set up VMT Pilot Project

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would fund a Vehicle Miles Traveled pilot program to examine a new source of funding that would help make up for the Highway Trust Fund deficit

Tags: Highways, Infrastructure, Oregon, VMT

December 6, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Interests Prepare for New Committee Lineups on the Hill

The election did not change the balance of power in Washington, but committee leadership in Congress is in flux and trucking lobbyists are alert for what that might mean. They also are watching for a possible change at the Department of Transportation

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Rep. Bill Shuster Will Take Reins of Key House Transportation Committee

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will replace Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. T&I is the key truck-related panel in the House, with oversight over the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is the committee that will draft the next major highway bill, due in 2014

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress

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