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September 30, 2014 - Industry News

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, GAO, U.S. DOT

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

The administration's Build America Transportation Investment Center offers a case study on how Kentucky and Indiana teamed up to launch the Ohio River Bridges project.

As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.

Tags: DOT, Public-private partnership, Highway Funding, President Obama, U.S. Department of Transportation

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of two trucking operations carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers and the public at risk.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

Tags: Intermodal, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Freight, MAP-21, DOT

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the familiar issues surrounding the nation’s “infrastructure deficit” and added a new wrinkle: DOT will post a monthly update on the balance in the shrinking Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, National Freight Strategic Plan, Infrastructure Funding, DOT, Highway Funding

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers Changing Driver Vision Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Driver Safety

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Proposes Key Freight Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a series of key highways to serve as a highway Primary Freight Network, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The notice appeared in today’s Federal Register.

Tags: DOT, FHWA, MAP-21, Freight

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases Study Outlining Opportunities for Returning Veterans

A new study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommended a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of military personnel and veterans into much-needed civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Veterans

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Reviews Benefits, Costs of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

A vehicle-to-vehicle wireless network could improve safety by communicating warnings, but the benefits depend on broad deployment and acceptance by the public.

Tags: DOT, GAO, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, V2V, UMTRI, NHTSA

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

The U.S. DOT Opens Online Dialogue

Transportation is an engine for growing the U.S. economy and creating American jobs. Every day, people and businesses rely on a multi-modal transportation system to travel and to move goods to consumers at home and abroad.

Tags: DOT

April 29, 2013 - Industry News

Obama Taps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for Top DOT Post

President Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx (left) to be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Foxx will replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (right). Photo courtesy of the U.S. DOT's Fast Lane blog.

President Obama nominated Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation. Foxx does not have a background in transportation – he was a practicing attorney before going into politics – but as mayor he has been instrumental in a number of important transportation projects.

Tags: DOT, Secretary of Transportation

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Phony Letters Being Sent to Motor Carriers

Another round of fraudulent U.S. DOT letters is being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials in an attempt to obtain banking information from the targeted carriers, warn the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, DOT

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Steps to Reduce GPS-Caused Bridge Strikes

Sen. Charles Schumer and FMCSA Administrator Ann Ferro stand at the Eagle Avenue overpass in New York, which spans the Southern State Parkway at exit 18. The overpass has been struck at least 27 times by trucks that are prohibited from driving on the parkway.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin issuing official recommendations to members of the commercial trucking industry on the proper uses of Global Positioning System navigation devices and incorporate GPS training into new entry-level certification programs for commercial motor vehicle operators.

Tags: GPS, DOT, FMCSA

February 20, 2013 - Industry News

Unified Registration System Nearing Publication

The Unified Registration System, which will reform the way the federal government keeps track of motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders, is in the final stage of the rulemaking process.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, URS

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 10, 2013 - Industry News

Concern Mounts over 5.9 GHz Band Spectrum Sharing, Future of Connected Vehicle Program

Transportation groups are voicing concern over a recent proposal to open up the 5.9 gigahertz band for unlicensed use, citing the need for that band to be utilized to save lives and improve overall safety through connected vehicle technology.

Tags: DOT, AASHTO, FCC

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

LaHood Leaves a Safety Legacy

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who yesterday announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed, will look back at a legacy of achievement, particularly in safety.

Tags: DOT, Ray LaHood, Government, Distracted Driving

December 7, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Two Companies to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered LEX Express Inc. (DBA Lincolnland Express) of Champaign, Ill., and Ben Gordon Enterprises LLC (DBA Gordon's Tree Service) of Slidell, La., to immediately cease all transportation services

Tags: Fleets, DOT, FMCSA

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