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April 15, 2014

Light Blinking Red for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund is likely to run into the red by September, according to the latest update from the Department of Transportation. In its most recent monthly status report, DOT shows the fund’s cash balance dipping below zero in late August or the first week of September.

February 17, 2014

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

January 22, 2014

LaHood Joins Law Firm DLA Piper

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined the law firm DLA Piper, the firm announced. LaHood will serve as senior policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Chicago offices. Joining him in the move is his former chief of staff at DOT, Joan DeBoer.

January 21, 2014

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

January 8, 2014

FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on New Entrant Carriers, MATS Date Added

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session on Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., to solicit ideas and information from interested parties on possible knowledge testing requirements for New Entrant passenger and property carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.

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.

November 18, 2013

DOT Proposes Key Freight Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a series of key highways to serve as a highway Primary Freight Network, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The notice appeared in today’s Federal Register.

November 13, 2013

The $75K Freight Broker Bond Increase in a Nutshell

Freight brokers, like trucking companies, have traditionally represented the American spirit of independence and entrepreneurship. Some people, however, fear that the changes brought about by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which recently took effect, are about to change this.

September 24, 2013

Options for the New $75,000 Freight Broker Security Requirement

The transportation law, MAP-21, upped the financial security requirements for freight brokers and forwarders to $75,000. The law offers options for the new financial security requirement, but specifics are not always clear. With the FMCSA deadline approaching in just a week, here is some information on an option for small- to mid-size brokers and for carriers who also act as brokers.

September 3, 2013

Guest Commentary: Freight Efficiency - Lofty Goals with Little Action

In too many cases we have seen government state laudable goals in its laws while at the same time doing little or in some cases working against those goals from being achieved. This unfortunately appears to be the case with the federal transportation reauthorization act, known as MAP-21, when it comes to freight policy.

May 30, 2013

A Long History Shapes the Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration should have a pretty good idea of what to expect as it proceeds with its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights. The study, which Congress will use to decide on possible changes in current standards, is the latest in a long line of similar research.

May 30, 2013

Carriers and Shippers Among Those Named to DOT Freight Committee

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee, which will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.

April 17, 2013

House Panel Tasked with Developing Freight Transportation Improvements

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) have announced the members of a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the economy.

April 10, 2013

A Conversation about Highway Money

There is a general recognition on Capitol Hill that Congress is going to have to come up with dedicated money, as opposed to financing or general funds, for the next highway program in October 2014.

April 2, 2013

FMCSA Shuts Down Atlanta-based Southern Transportation Inc.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently shut down Atlanta-based trucking company Southern Transportation Inc. using new authorities given to FMCSA under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

March 4, 2013

Hill Transportation Leaders Focus on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer gave a shout-out to American Trucking Associations last week, thanking the trade group for supporting higher diesel taxes dedicated to highway funding.

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 21, 2013

Obama Fills Out Infrastructure Plan, Virginia May Opt for Wholesale Fuel Tax

The White House is adding details to the “Fix-It-First” infrastructure program that President Obama unveiled in his State of the Union address.

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.

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