Infrastructure Funding

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April 7, 2017

California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax

A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature and needs only to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before going into effect.

March 29, 2017

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Key Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking driver perspectives on a number of top industry issues through an online survey.

March 28, 2017

Chris Christie Signs $400 Million N.J. Transportation Bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill authorizing $400 million from the state’s Transportation Trust Fund for transportation projects, including road and bridge repairs as well as safety and technology upgrades.

March 17, 2017

Infrastructure Group Slams Trump on Erasing TIGER Grants

An infrastructure advocacy group questions the wisdom of eliminating federal TIGER grants for funding freight-related road projects.

March 10, 2017

House Committee to Eye State/Local Rollout of FAST Act

For its first hearing of the 115th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will delve into how the most recent highway bill — the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act— is being implemented on the state and local level.

March 9, 2017

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

March 1, 2017

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

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 6, 2017

House Transpo Committee Boldly Goes Online

Despite its ultra-wonky clunkiness, “infrastructure” is a word that keeps right on trending hard inside the Beltway.

January 18, 2017

Tolls: Managing Your Drop in the Bucket

No matter what you think about public-private partnerships — not to mention the various authorities that predate the National Highway System — they can make fleet compliance complicated. Navigating the various tolling systems in each state can be confusing, but here are some tips to help figure it all out.

January 13, 2017

DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

January 11, 2017

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

January 11, 2017

New Group Advocates for Modern Transportation Infrastructure Solutions

A group of American shippers, carriers and retailers have launched the Americans for Modern Transportation coalition, advocating for improved transportation infrastructure and policy that will reflect the needs of modern businesses and consumers.

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.

November 9, 2016

States Vote to Bolster Infrastructure Funding

Infrastructure funding was bolstered by voters in several states on election day, with measures being passed in Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana and Maine that direct money at the issue.

November 7, 2016

Nearly a Third of Major Urban Roads in Poor Condition

Urban road conditions in major metropolitan areas are in terrible shape and could deteriorate further as traffic increases and transportation remains underfunded

August 11, 2016

Court Rules NY Truck Tolls Can’t Fund Canal System

A federal court has ruled against New York State’s practice of using tolls paid by interstate truckers to finance the unrelated tourism and recreation projects that make up the New York Canal System.

August 5, 2016

CAGTC: Critical Freight Infrastructure Ignored by DOT Grants

The advocacy group Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors is calling out the Department of Transportation for not granting enough funding money to critical freight-hub projects.

July 24, 2016

Parsing the Party Platforms on Transportation

The text of both the Democratic and Republican 2016 platforms runs for about 50 pages and each devotes just about 200 words to issues directly related to transportation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the positions presented are largely mirror images; that is to say, they are direct opposites.

July 7, 2016

California Launches Study to Look at Mileage-Based Tax

The California Department of Transportation has launched a nine-month pilot program to test a pay-by-the-mile financing model to possibly replace the gas tax in the state.

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