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May 7, 2014 - Industry News

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highways, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Regulations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. DOT, Anthony Foxx

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Senators Intrigued by Virginia Approach to Highway Funding

Could Congress save the Highway Trust Fund by getting rid of the federal fuel tax? Two members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed strong interest in how Virginia solved its infrastructure funding crisis by replacing its per-gallon tax with a wholesale levy on fuel.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Congress

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Group Pushing Alternative to Obama Highway Funding Plan

A national coalition of transportation companies formed three years ago to advance trucking fleet safety initiatives announced it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, President Obama, The Trucking Alliance

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highways, President Obama, Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund

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 29, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Presses Obama on Surface Transportation Funding

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- The American Trucking Associations is calling on the Obama administration to focus on what it says are “the real challenges, and real solutions, to the nation’s infrastructure funding woes.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, President Obama

April 25, 2014 - Industry News

Bridge Repairs at Risk if Highway Trust Fund Runs into Red

Another warning about infrastructure funding: 63,000 of the nation’s bridges are structurally compromised and at risk of not being repaired unless the Highway Trust Fund is preserved, says the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Bridges

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

New Hampshire Diesel Tax Moving Higher July 1

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will sign legislation given final approval by state lawmakers this week, raising both by four cents from the current 19.625 cents per gallon.

Tags: Highway Funding, New Hampshire, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

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 15, 2014 - Industry News

Light Blinking Red for Highway Trust Fund

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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.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21

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

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

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 18, 2014 - Industry News

Plans Dead for New I-5 Span over Columbia River

The current northbound I-5 bridge span was built nearly 100 years ago, while the southbound was completed in the 1950s.

Plans to build a new bridge over the Columbia River linking Oregon and Washington along Interstate 5 are dead, and there is no indication when and if they will be revived.

Tags: Washington, Oregon, Highway Funding, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridges, Infrastructure

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 4, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Budget, Highway Funding, Legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Highways

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

Obama, Camp Offer Highway Funding Solutions

President Obama and Rep. Dave Camp both suggested one-time infusions to the Highway Trust Fund that is expected to run out of money by September.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. House

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 15, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the familiar issues surrounding the nation’s “infrastructure deficit” and added a new wrinkle: DOT will post a monthly update on the balance in the shrinking Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: DOT, Highway Trust Fund, National Freight Strategic Plan, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Funding

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

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