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January 8, 2014 - Industry News

LaHood Named Co-Chair of Infrastructure Lobby Group

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

The Washington, D.C. lobby group, Building America’s Future, has announced that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Republican Ray LaHood is joining the organization as a new co-chair.

Tags: Congress, Ray LaHood, Highway Funding, People, Infrastructure Funding

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Steps Down from ATA Legislative Post

Mary Phillips, senior vice president for legislative affairs at American Trucking Associations for the past three years, is stepping down from her post. The moves comes as Congress gears up for the next highway bill, a crucial test for trucking interests on Capitol Hill.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Congress, People

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

Tags: Legislation, Drug Testing, Fuel Tax, HOS, Highway Funding

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Congressional Budget Doesn’t Cut Highway Funding

Less than a week after the U.S. House passed the budget deal agreed upon by both chambers, the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that outlines spending levels for two years by a vote of 64-36.

Tags: Legislation, Oil Prices, Congress, Budget, Highway Funding

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Budget Deal Addresses Oil Drilling and Highways

Shell's Perdido platform in the Gulf of Mexico,  the world's deepest offshore oil drilling and production platform.

UPDATED -- A bipartisan federal budget deal reached Tuesday between members of the U.S. House and Senate to keep the federal government from shutting down, contains a little-known provision on drilling for oil and gas.

Tags: Oil Prices, Congress, Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil, Legislation

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Eyeing Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax

Massachusetts could be the next state of a very small club in using a vehicle miles traveled tax as part of an effort to find alternatives to funding highway projects.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Massachusetts, Oregon, Highway Funding, VMT, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Infrastructure, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Blumenauer to Propose Diesel and Gasoline Tax Hikes

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Infrastructure

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Shuster Urges Quiet Approach to Highway Funding

"We will not ignore the funding issue, but I think it’s important that we need to build the case,” said Bill Shuster.

With the House and Senate going to conference on a Water Resources Development bill, the way is clear for transportation committees in both chambers to take up reauthorization of the federal highway program.

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

November 25, 2013 - Industry News

Penn. Governor Signs New Transportation Funding Law Changing Fuel Taxes

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed comprehensive transportation legislation that some say will dramatically hike fuel prices in the state because of a new tax formula.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highway Funding

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Announces “Corridors of Commerce” Projects

List of Corridors of Commerce projects. Credit: Minn. DOT.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have announced ten highway construction projects will receive funding through the state’s new $300 million Corridors of Commerce program.

Tags: Minnesota, Infrastructure, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Freight CEO: U.S. Trucking Curbed by Infrastructure

The upcoming years will be tough for the transportation industry in the United States, FedEx Freight president and CEO William Logue said at the annual National Industrial Transportation League conference in Houston.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highway Funding, FedEx

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Toll Operators Increase Lobbying Efforts

Operators of toll roads, bridges and tunnels aren’t likely to change any minds in trucking when it comes to opponents of having more routes with fees, but they hope to sway some members on Capitol Hill as talk of what to do about highway funding is increasing.

Tags: Congress, Tolls, Highway Funding

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

House Freight Panel Takes on the Most Difficult Issue: Funding

The House panel studying freight transportation saved the toughest for last: how to pay for it. It was a sign of the enduring paralysis over funding that the panel had Jack Schenendorf and Robert Atkinson as witnesses in its final hearing last week.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

New Bridge Weight Limits Causing Headaches in Pennsylvania

Trucks are being forced to take longer non-Interstate routes in Pennsylvania due to new weight restrictions along some 1,000 bridges.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Bridges

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Shows Need for Critical Infrastructure Investments

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trade group, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the lobby group, Building America’s Future, has released results from a new survey highlighting manufacturers’ concerns about America’s roads and bridges, transit and aviation systems and ports.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

AP: Serious Problems With More Than 85,000 U.S. Bridges

New analysis of the nation’s bridges shows many are in desperate need of repairs and replacement.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Bridges

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

ATA and NATSO Blast Interstate Toll Study

ATA and NATSO say the public dislikes tolls, and for good reason. (Photo by Jim Park)

Two trucking organizations have slammed a new study that calls for placing tolls on the nation’s Interstate system as a way to pay for improvements and repairs, calling tolling "a wildly unpopular concept" and just another name for a tax.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Infrastructure Funding

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Lawmakers, Industry Press for No FET Hikes on Trucks

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House to discourage any increase in the 12% Federal Excise Tax on the purchase of heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a measure that has been discussed as one way to raise more money for highways.

Tags: NTEA, TRALA, Taxes, ATD, Congress, Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Equipment, Mack Trucks, Meritor, Highway Funding, Dealers, Infrastructure Funding

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Advocates Tolling Interstates to Pay for Improvements

A new Reason Foundation study claims tolling Interstates would raise around $1 trillion needed for road projects. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Over the next two decades most of the aging Interstate highway system will need to be reconstructed and will cost approximately $1 trillion, nearly $600 billion in rebuilding costs plus $400 billion to add capacity, according to a new study from the right/libertarian leaning think-tank the Reason Foundation.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Road Construction

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Changing Bridge Weight Limits Starting August 29

Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Barry Schoch has authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.

Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Fleets, Road Construction, Bridges

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Legislators Worry About Heavy Truck Impact on Local Roads

A bipartisan group of Representatives asked the Department of Transportation to consider the impact of heavier trucks on local roads and bridges as it studies national size and weight limits.

Tags: Congress, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Funding, U.S. Department of Transportation, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes

July 24, 2013 - Industry News

Congress Working on Highway Funding for Next Year

Congress is wrestling with two highway funding bills for the 2014 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, but only one has gotten an endorsement from President Obama.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure, Legislation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Looks for Highway Trust Fund Fix

At a hearing on the Highway Trust Fund Tuesday it was clear that the key House transportation committee has some distance to go before it can achieve consensus on how the fund could be made whole, or even if it should be preserved.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Infrastructure, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

July 18, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Trust Fund Status to be Focus of Congressional Hearing Next Tuesday

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a hearing next Tuesday regarding the current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund and its impact on federal surface transportation programs.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Infrastructure Funding

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