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May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Sees Hope for Federal Fuel Tax Hike

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

As Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sees it, the idea of a fuel tax increase to restore the Highway Trust Fund is not out of the question. Carper’s message to his colleagues in the Senate is to look at a wide range of ideas to save the Fund, but among them consider restoring the purchasing power of the fuel tax.

Tags: ATA, fuel tax, Highway Funding, Congress, Diesel Tax, American Trucking Associations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway Funding Proposal

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s highway bill picks up on the reforms initiated by its predecessor, MAP-21, and proposes modest funding for a six-year program. The committee calls for current funding levels plus inflation, compared to the $302 billion, four-year program proposed by the Obama administration.

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

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

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 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

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 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 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, NTSB, 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

July 30, 2013 - Industry News

Road Fix: Mobile Phone App Opens Direct Digital Complaint Line to Congress

Stuck in traffic? Have a cell phone? Here’s your chance to turn your wasted breath into a digital complaint that could actually get something done. Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to reinvestment in infrastructure, today introduced a new mobile phone app that gives motorists a direct link to their elected representatives.

Tags: Congress, Information Technology, Traffic Congestion, Highway Trust Fund, White House, Building America's Future

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

June 27, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Gets Its Due at House Hearing

There’s no shortage of ideas for ways to improve the national freight network. A House panel researching the issue yesterday got a list, long, broad and mostly familiar, of what transportation providers would like to see in a federal freight policy.

Tags: fuel tax, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, National Freight Network, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Truck Sizes, Transportation funding

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Needs Money and Federal Planning, House Panel Told

A couple of themes emerged from the first hearing of a new House panel on freight transportation. One: The United States needs to reinvest in freight infrastructure across all modes, and for highways that means raising money by raising fuel taxes.

Tags: ATA, Congress, fuel tax, Highway Trust Fund, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Infrastructure

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