Infrastructure

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March 6, 2013

Maryland Gov. Fuel Tax Plan Similar to Virginia's

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has borrowed a page from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s playbook, with proposed changes to the state’s tax on gasoline to raise highway funds. According to published reports there is no indication that it would affect the diesel fuel tax.

February 28, 2013

House Sets Transportation Oversight Hearing

The House of Representatives will begin oversight of the new federal highway program March 14 with a hearing to review implementation of key elements of last year’s highway bill.

February 25, 2013

Virginia Assembly Clears Transport Revenue Package

The Virginia General Assembly passed a landmark transportation package that replaces the per-gallon fuel tax with a wholesale tax, plus other revenue raisers, and addressed the controversial issue of adding tolls to I-95.

February 14, 2013

DOT Moving Ahead with MAP-21 Freight Initiatives

The Department of Transportation is asking for nominations for a committee that will establish the National Freight Strategic Plan that's called for in last year's highway bill, and has proposed a process for desgnating a national freight network.

February 14, 2013

Infrastructure Featured in State of Union, House Hearing

Infrastructure had its moment in the spotlight this week as President Obama called for most-needed repairs funded in part by private investment, and the lead transportation committee in the House kicked off what will be a two-year effort to reauthorize the federal highway program.

February 11, 2013

Bridging The Funding Gap

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

February 7, 2013

Pennsylvania Plan Would Get Oil Companies to Help Foot Infrastructure Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this week introduced a plan to week that would rely on a tax of oil companies to inject billions of dollars into the state’s transportation system while cutting taxes at the gas pump.

February 6, 2013

Congestion Cost Trucking $27 billion in 2011

Congestion has a price, and for the trucking industry, It's billions of dollars lost. The total financial cost of congestion in 2011 was $121 billion, up one billion dollars from the year before and translating to $818 per U.S. commuter. Of that total, about $27 billion worth was wasted time and diesel fuel from trucks moving goods on the system.

January 24, 2013

House Transportation Committee Sets Agenda

Trucking issues rank high on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee agenda for the coming year. The committee, which met earlier this week to set its oversight plan and confirm leadership positions, will be keeping an eye on national freight policy, on tolling activities in the states, on the CSA safety enforcement program and on the hours-of-service rule

January 17, 2013

Engineers Warn About the Economic Impact of Not Investing in Infrastructure

A lack of funding in infrastructure will mean more to the people of the United States than a few more potholes in the road. According to the American Society of Civil Engineer's Failure to Act report, "The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future," the U.S. government and its people will be feeling the lack of infrastructure funding in their wallets

January 16, 2013

A Trio of Trucking Resolutions

Highway funding, driver respect and fixing CSA are on HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's wish list for 2013.

January 9, 2013

GAO Suggests Mileage Fees for Trucks

Congress might want to consider a mileage fee for trucks and electric vehicles when it looks for ways to strengthen highway funding, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while privacy concerns and other issues limit the usefulness of such fees for automobiles, Congress should consider a pilot program to test them for trucks and electric cars

January 6, 2013

Billboards, distraction and tax revenues

You don't need a PhD to recognize that bright flashing lights and changing images will grab drivers' attention. They are supposed to. But since drivers ought to be paying attention to things that are more pressing, why are these signs sprouting up everywhere?

January 3, 2013

Toll hikes and the law of unintended consequences

As public officials look to public-private partnerships and toll roads as one way to address the issue of infrastructure funding, one question that comes up is whether fewer trucks will use the toll roads, thus leading to lower toll revenues than anticipate

December 27, 2012

Top 10 Trucking Stories and Trends from 2012, Part 4

As we begin 2013, it's a good time to look back on 2012 at some of the biggest trucking stories and trends. Here are our picks for the top two stories of the year

December 17, 2012

Bill Would Set up VMT Pilot Project

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would fund a Vehicle Miles Traveled pilot program to examine a new source of funding that would help make up for the Highway Trust Fund deficit

December 6, 2012

Trucking Interests Prepare for New Committee Lineups on the Hill

The election did not change the balance of power in Washington, but committee leadership in Congress is in flux and trucking lobbyists are alert for what that might mean. They also are watching for a possible change at the Department of Transportation

November 28, 2012

Rep. Bill Shuster Will Take Reins of Key House Transportation Committee

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will replace Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. T&I is the key truck-related panel in the House, with oversight over the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is the committee that will draft the next major highway bill, due in 2014

November 27, 2012

Reason Foundation Says Costs for Fuel Tax, Toll Collection are 'Myths'

The Reason Foundation, an American libertarian research organization, released a study saying it costs more to collect fuel taxes than is generally believed, and that thanks to new electronic tolling systems, collecting tolls costs less than is thought.

November 20, 2012

States looking at highway funding

Increasing fuel taxes may be a near-taboo topic on Capitol Hill, but as state legislators and governors look to 2013 budgets and highway funding, a number are considering raising state fuel taxes to pay for needed infrastructure work

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