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April 16, 2014

DOT Secretary Bus Tour Rolls for Transportation Funding

Anthony Foxx is on the road this week emphasizing the importance of infrastructure funding, with the Obama Administration concerned about the ability to pass a new long-term highway funding authorization before two key deadlines.

April 11, 2014

Senators Agree on Highway Bill Principles

A bipartisan group of Senators has agreed on the outline of bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The terms of the deal cover policy principles such as a long-term bill and maintaining existing programs but they do not cover the key question of how to pay for the program.

March 13, 2014

Groups Advocate More Highway Funding for Repairs, Not New Roads

As Congress and the Obama administration wrestle over how to fund work on the nation’s roadways for the next several years, two groups have teamed up, issuing a report saying more focus needs to be put on road repairs rather than building new roads.

March 12, 2014

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

March 6, 2014

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

March 4, 2014

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

March 4, 2014

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

March 4, 2014

Traffic Congestion Climbed in 2013

A new report shows traffic congestion in the U.S. increased last year after two consecutive years of declines and is growing faster than the nation’s economy.

February 12, 2014

Vehicle Fatalities Fell Slightly Last Year

A new, preliminary estimate shows approximately 35,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2013, a 3% decrease from the year before, according to the National Safety Council.

February 3, 2014

Infrastructure and a 1949 Hudson

Can a man in a rusted old 1949 Hudson help bring attention to the nation's crumbling infrastructure and help grow interest in funding improvements? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge introduces you to Dan McNichol and his Dire States project in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

January 28, 2014

Missouri DOT Launches “Freight Plan”

The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched the Missouri Freight Plan, the next step in a process started last year to develop the state's long-range transportation plan.

December 23, 2013

AAA: Record Number of People Traveling During the Holidays

AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.6% from the 94 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the season

December 10, 2013

Creation of Freight Network Not an Easy Task

In last year’s highway bill, Congress said it wants the Department of Transportation to set a place for freight at the transportation policy table. The first step in that process, defining a highway-based Primary Freight Network, is under way now. It turns out, though, that tracing a Primary Freight Network is not a simple thing.

December 8, 2013

Road Work Continues, Load Width Reduced on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Work will continue on the I-24 Ohio River Bridge between Paducah, Ky., and Metropolis, Ill., into mid-January, and the maximum load width will be reduced.

November 26, 2013

Shuster Urges Quiet Approach to Highway Funding

With the House and Senate going to conference on a Water Resources Development bill, the way is clear for transportation committees in both chambers to take up reauthorization of the federal highway program.

October 28, 2013

Tax Reform Effort Could Include Infrastructure Funding

Two congressional leaders who have been working on tax reform for the past couple of years are getting closer to drafting proposals that could include renewed commitment to highway funding.

October 22, 2013

Illiana Corridor Highway Closer to Reality

A long-sought east-west toll road south of Chicago is closer to reality following approval last week by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's MPO Policy Committee, which means the DOT can go after funding for the Illiana Corridor project.

September 10, 2013

Construction to Cause Major Delays in East St. Louis

An area of East St. Louis is likely to see major delays for drivers this week on I-64 and I-55/70 due to the level of road construction, according to the Mid-West Truckers Association.

August 30, 2013

This Week's Trucking in the Media

Our new weekly roundup of how trucking's being covered in the mainstream media, from the new certified medical examiner program to highway funding commentary.

August 23, 2013

Traffic This Labor Day Expected to be Highest in Several Years

Trucking can likely expect bigger traffic delays during the upcoming Labor Day holiday than they have experienced over the past few years

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