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April 29, 2014 - Industry News

Foxx Sends Highway Funding Proposal to Capitol Hill

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in Birmingham, Ala, earlier this month on his bus tour. Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday unveiled a long-term transportation bill he is sending to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the Highway Trust Fund running out of money this summer, but at least one part of it will likely draw controversy.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx, President Obama, Congress, Tolls

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Will Air Fuel Tax Hike with Senate Colleagues

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., is a longtime supporter of raising federal fuel taxes to pay for highways and will float that idea with his colleagues as they draft the next highway bill. Carper sees a gradual fuel tax increase as a fiscally responsible approach to highway funding but is open to other ideas as well, according to his office.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate, Congress, Fuel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Diesel Tax

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Secretary Bus Tour Rolls for Transportation Funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks to an audience in Birmingham, Ala. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Highways, Anthony Foxx, U.S. Congress, President Obama, Highway Trust Fund, Alabama

April 14, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Lawmaker Petri Leaving Congress This Year

Tom Petri, R-Wisc.

Veteran transportation legislator Tom Petri, R-Wisc., will not run for reelection this fall. Rep. Petri is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon at a town hall meeting in Neenah, Wisc.

Tags: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Wisconsin

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Congress

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Transportation Research Board, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Legislators Study Public Private Partnerships

Public Private Partnerships will be part of the funding mix in the next highway program but the precise role they will play is not clear. Transportation legislators got a range of views from partnership experts in a Tuesday session before members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Public-private partnership, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Funding, Congress

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Safety, Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

State, Local Officials Call for Highway Funding

The hearing rooms change but the theme remains the same: Congress must find a way to restore the Highway Trust Fund so it can support a robust, long-term federal highway program. That was the key take-away from state and local officials testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure, Congress

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Signs Propane Delivery Exemptions into Law

Following quick passage by Congress, President Obama has signed legislation allowing for the expedited delivery of propane and heating fuel through May 31.

Tags: Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, President Obama, Propane Transport

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Fate of Propane Waivers Bill Rests with President Obama

Late last week the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 4076, which extends these waivers through the end of May.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, HOS, President Obama, Propane

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Congress, Research, Highway Funding, Highways

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: HOS, Highway Funding, EOBR, FMCSA, Congress, Highways, Hours of Service

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

National Coalition Launches “Hardhats for Highways” Campaign

With the federal Highway Trust Fund projected to be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements in fiscal year 2015, a national coalition of associations and labor unions announced that it is launching a campaign to help educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.

Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Hardhats for Highways

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, FET, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Highways, Congress, Legislation

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Highways, Infrastructure

February 28, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking and Others Renew Fight Against Tolls

Photo: Somerset toll booth, Pennsylvania turnpike, by Doug Kerr, via Wikimedia Commons.

Businesses and organizations from numerous sectors of the U.S. economy, including in trucking, have renewed their efforts opposing tolls on existing federal interstates.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Tolls, Old Dominion Freight Line, Highway Funding, President Obama

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Congressional Bill Extends HOS Exemptions for Propane Haulers

U.S. Representatives Tom Petri, R-Wis., Chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and Bill Shuster, R-Penn., Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced legislation on Tuesday to help expedite propane deliveries during the cold weather season.

Tags: Drivers, Legislation, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Three Bills Introduced to Promote Natural Gas Use in Trucking

U.S. Representatives Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a trio of bills to promote the use of natural gas in long haul trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Congress, Natural Gas Vehicles, U.S. House of Representatives

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, FMCSA, Safety, Congress, CSA, DataQ, MCSAP

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

Peter Rogoff

The Obama administration continues to send urgent signals that the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. In remarks Monday to the American Trucking Associations Executive Committee, Peter Rogoff, acting under secretary at the Transportation Department, said the fund probably will run into the red before the program ends Oct. 1.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. DOT, Highway Funding, Anthony Foxx, Congress, Highway Trust Fund

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Congress is getting to work on the next highway bill. At its opening hearing on reauthorization on Jan. 14, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard urgent calls for a bipartisan approach to sustainable funding, a multi-year program and federal leadership.

Tags: Congress, Caterpillar, National Transportation Safety Board, Intermodal, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Multimodal, The Partnership to Build America Act

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Calls for Shipping Fee for Infrastructure Improvements

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.

Legislation has been offered up in the U.S. House that backers say will support improvements to infrastructure and transportation in the national freight mobility network through a new tax on freight shipments.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Dave Osiecki to Lead ATA’s Legislative Affairs Office

UPDATED -- Dave Osiecki, senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at American Trucking Associations, will take charge of the association’s lobbying shop.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Congress, Highway Funding, People

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