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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: Research, Highway Funding, Highways, U.S. Congress

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, U.S. 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: Budget, U.S. DOT, 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: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, 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, Tolls, Old Dominion Freight Line, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

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. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

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, U.S. 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: Intermodal, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Multimodal, U.S. Congress, Caterpillar, NTSB

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit

(Click on graphic to enlarge.)

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: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. DOT, 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: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Infrastructure

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: Highway Funding, People, U.S. Congress, Regulations, ATA

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: Highway Funding, People, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Ray LaHood

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, U.S. 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: Budget, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Oil Prices

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: Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil, U.S. Congress, Oil Prices, 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, Infrastructure, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, U.S. Congress

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: Fuel Tax, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, U.S. Congress, Highway Funding, 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: Highway Funding, Highways, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Legislation

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: Tolls, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

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