Infrastructure Funding

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February 13, 2018

Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

Reaction by trucking and highway interest lobbies to the full reveal of President Trump’s gargantuan infrastructure plan essentially mirror views the groups expressed last month, when some of its contents were leaked and when the plan’s funding goal was ratcheted up in the State of the Union address.

February 12, 2018

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Getting President Trump’s infrastructure plan through Congress may make the actual fixing of America’s crumbling highways (and the rest of its subpar infrastructure) a mere walk in the park, says HDT Executive Editor David Cullen in this news analysis.

January 31, 2018

Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

Reaction by highway stakeholder groups to President Trump’s State of the Union remarks on investing in infrastructure seem to be informed as much by earlier information on his spending proposal as by anything he said in his Jan. 30 address to Congress.

January 31, 2018

Trump's Call for More Infrastructure Spending Scant on Funding Details

President Trump has upped the ante by requesting Congress to craft a bipartisan bill that “generates” at least $1.5 trillion to invest in infrastructure.

January 25, 2018

Congestion Worsened at ATRI's Top Trucking Bottlenecks Locations

Overall truck speeds worsened at the top five bottlenecks on ATRI's list with peak speeds falling by an average of 6% at these locations.

January 22, 2018

Leaked Infrastructure Plan: No Fuel Tax Hike, but Tolling Interstates OK

UPDATED A draft of the Trump Administration’s long-promised infrastructure plan, obtained and published on Jan. 22, is arguably most compelling for what it leaves out: Any talk of boosting federal fuel taxes.

December 22, 2017

2018: Year of the Roads?

If 2017 was for trucking the year of the fearsome electronic log rule, then 2018 may well end up being the year of the awesome infrastructure bill...

December 11, 2017

California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

December 1, 2017

Problem Solvers Aim to Pave Way for Infrastructure Bill

The little-known Problem Solvers Caucus may play a big role getting an infrastructure package through Congress, says David Cullen in his Passing Zone blog.

November 8, 2017

Only Fuel Tax Hike Can Deliver on Infrastructure Promise, ATRI Says

It will take nothing less than an increase in the federal tax on motor fuels if President Trump’s vision for a trillion-dollar investment in the nation’s infrastructure is ever to be realized. That’s the stark conclusion of a new report just issued by the American Transportation Research Institute.

October 26, 2017

Is White House Considering Fuel Tax Increase for Infrastructure?

Published reports indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to push for a hike in the fuel tax to help pay for the president's promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.

October 24, 2017

At ATA, Thoughts on Policy-Making and Politicking

You could certainly be forgiven if you were attending the American Trucking Associations’ annual confab here in Orlando this week and thought you’d made a wrong turn and stumbled into one of those partisan party retreats that Capitol Hill denizens hold somewhere outside the Beltway every now and then. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

October 12, 2017

Trump Talks Taxes – but What about Roads?

Trump deploys trucks to talk up taxes – but shouldn't trucking take him to task on funding infrastructure? David Cullen wonders in his Passing Zone blog.

June 30, 2017

Trump's DOT Retools Infrastructure Grant Program

The Department of Transportation has retooled the federal Fastlane infrastructure grant program to better align with the Trump administration’s goals of using more public-private partnerships.

June 22, 2017

House Bill Aims For Dedicated Revenue Source for Freight Infrastructure

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on June 22 would create a Freight Transportation Infrastructure Trust Fund, funded through a national 1% “waybill fee” on the transportation cost of goods.

June 13, 2017

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

June 7, 2017

Trump Sticks to Vague Infrastructure Script

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen gives his take on the latest words on infrastructure from President Trump.

June 2, 2017

Bicyclists Were Original Advocates for Good Roads

Motorists and truckers can thank touring "wheelmen" and isolated farmers for together pressuring lawmakers to improve primitive dirt byways, notes Tom Berg in the Trailer Talk blog.

May 31, 2017

Nonpartisan Group Gives Feedback on Infrastructure Reform

In a detailed report, the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board made recommendations for improving America’s roads and bridges, including private investment, user fees, technology and more.

May 23, 2017

War of Words Erupts Over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released six-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

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