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February 19, 2012

Why are there tolls on interstates?

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

December 28, 2011

Are tolls the answer to our crumbling infrastructure?

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

December 20, 2011

Romney Says Borrowing OK for Infrastructure

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

November 15, 2011

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

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

September 9, 2011

What will become of Obama's infrastructure bank proposal?

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

September 8, 2011

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

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

August 15, 2011

Abolish the federal fuel tax?

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

August 1, 2011

Highway funding in crisis

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.

May 2, 2011

Blinded by Science in Hours of Service Debate

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

February 18, 2011

DeFazio on his Detention Bill

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

January 27, 2011

Time to Submit Your Comments on HOS Proposal

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

December 7, 2010

Investing in the Future with Infrastructure

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

November 8, 2010

On the Border

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


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