Highway Funding

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February 8, 2017

Intelligent Transpo Roadmap Stresses Long-Term Thinking on Funding

Among the numerous recommendations laid out in a public-policy roadmap issued on Feb. 8 by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, is a call to a potentially leverage a “tax overhaul” to fund new transportation infrastructure.

February 2, 2017

Sen. Fischer Floats Quick-Fix Highway Funding Proposal

The first highway bill has emerged in the 115th Congress— a two-pronged measure introduced on Feb. 1 by Nebraska's Sen. Deb Fischer.

December 12, 2016

Lessons of Water Win Could Pave Way for Highway Victory

When trucking advocates push for an extensive highway bill on Capitol Hill next year, they will at least have a proven roadmap to consult.

December 12, 2016

ATA Taps 10 Carrier Execs for Highway-Funding Task Force

The American Trucking Associations has formed a panel consisting of 10 top executives of major motor carriers and the president of a state motor carrier association that its has charged with evaluating approaches to financing highway-infrastructure improvements.

December 6, 2016

Report: Fund Freight Infrastructure Beyond Highway Trust Fund

A new research report strongly advocates for greater funding of transportation infrastructure investments what is now covered by Highway Trust Fund allocations. It also stresses the value of projects designed to support multiple transportation modes.

November 18, 2016

Whose Infrastructure— Ours or Theirs?

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.

November 7, 2016

Hope for Highways Inside the Beltway

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.

October 11, 2016

New Jersey to Hike Diesel Fuel Tax by 27 Cents

New Jersey lawmakers have approved a bipartisan deal that not only raises fuel taxes in the Garden State for the first time in three decades, it substantially hikes them— by 23 cents per gallon for gasoline and by 27 cents for diesel.

September 7, 2016

DOT Awards Nearly $800 Million for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Sept. 7 that almost $800 million in inaugural FASTLANE federal grants has been awarded to 18 transportation infrastructure projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

June 28, 2016

America’s Highways Turn 60, Need Major Facelift

As the U.S. Interstate Highway system turns 60, it is in dire need of repairs and improvements – and that will require a substantial increase in funding for the long-term, says a new report.

March 4, 2016

Another Example Showing Tolls Aren't the Answer to Highway Funding

News out of Texas is a perfect example of why turning to toll roads and public-private partnerships is not the answer to the highway funding dilemma.

February 22, 2016

CBO Marks 3 Paths to Smarter Highway Funding

Contending that “spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued,” the Congressional Budget Office has issued a new report that looks at three ways lawmakers could “make highway spending more productive."

February 12, 2016

Controversial Rhode Island Truck Tolls Bill Signed Into Law

Rhode Island’s governor signed into law a controversial measure that will impose tolls on commercial trucks traveling through the state — reportedly the only state with a truck-only tolling system.

January 6, 2016

Rhode Island Lists Possible Truck Toll Locations

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has provided a list of the locations under consideration for placing toll gantries, should lawmakers approve a controversial plan to begin truck-only tolling.

January 5, 2016

For Whom the Bridge Is Tolled…

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.

November 20, 2015

Two More Weeks for Congress to Work on Highway Bill

Congress has another two weeks to work on finishing up a highway bill, as President Obama Friday signed a bill extending federal transportation funding through Dec. 4. It was due to expire Friday night.

November 17, 2015

House Applies Highway Patch; Senate Expected to Rubberstamp

A bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 4 has been passed by the House.

November 6, 2015

Highway Bill in Home Stretch

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

November 5, 2015

House Passes Highway Bill

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

November 3, 2015

Amendment Aims to Thwart Threat to Smaller Carriers

An amendment would allow motor carriers that have not been rated by FMCSA to meet safety-eligibility requirements spelled out by the “Interim Hiring Standard” within the proposed long-term highway bill.

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