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December 11, 2017 - Industry News

California Looks into Per-Mile Tax to Replace Fuel Levy

The state of California uses fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure improvement and repair – but could change that. Photo via CalTrans

The state of California commissioned a report by CalTrans to look into the viability of a mileage-based tax on all vehicles to eventually replace the tax on fossil fuels.

Tags: Caltrans, California, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Western States Trucking Association, VMT, Taxation, Alternative Fuels

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Only Fuel Tax Hike Can Deliver on Infrastructure Promise, ATRI Says

Photo: Jim Park

It will take nothing less than an increase in the federal tax on motor fuels if President Trump’s vision for a trillion-dollar investment in the nation’s infrastructure is ever to be realized. That’s the stark conclusion of a new report just issued by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, ATRI, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Is White House Considering Fuel Tax Increase for Infrastructure?

Photo: Jim Park

Published reports indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to push for a hike in the fuel tax to help pay for the president's promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's DOT Retools Infrastructure Grant Program

The new grant program will emphasize projects that stretch federal highway funding. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Department of Transportation has retooled the federal Fastlane infrastructure grant program to better align with the Trump administration’s goals of using more public-private partnerships.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims For Dedicated Revenue Source for Freight Infrastructure

Photo: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on June 22 would create a Freight Transportation Infrastructure Trust Fund, funded through a national 1% “waybill fee” on the transportation cost of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Infrastructure, Freight, Infrastructure Funding

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund will again run out of money in 2020 if no long-term solutions are found. Photo: HDT file photo

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

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

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Nonpartisan Group Gives Feedback on Infrastructure Reform

In a detailed report, the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board made recommendations for improving America’s roads and bridges, including private investment, user fees, technology and more.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges, Roads, Highways

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

War of Words Erupts Over Trump's Call to Allow Interstate Tolls

A 39-word statement in a just-released six-page “fact sheet” on President Trump’s “infrastructure initiative” within his overall budget proposal has brought the toll vs. no-toll contenders out swinging.

Tags: Tolls, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Toll Management

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Aims to Fund Projects Through Loans

Logo via BRIDGE Act Summary

While details on President Trump’s $1 trillion Infrastructure plan may still be weeks away, two senators, Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), have introduced a bipartisan infrastructure funding plan.

Tags: Legislation, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Third Annual Infrastructure Week Kicks Off

Screenshot via Infrastructure Week

Infrastructure Week is an industry-wide image and education movement, featuring a series of events, education, and advocacy efforts with the goal of improving our nation's infrastructure.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Trucking Moves America Forward

May 5, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Mayors Push For Infrastructure Task Force

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has formed a task force on infrastructure aimed at working with President Trump and Congress to develop and pass a major infrastructure package. The task force will be headed by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Tags: Infrastructure, Mayor, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Comments on Fuel Taxes for Highway Infrastructure

Sounds like Donald Trump was listening when ATA visited the White House. Photo: American Trucking Associations

A comment by President Trump in an interview has led to widespread reporting that the president would consider raising fuel taxes to help pay for infrastructure. His press secretary later emphasized that the comments did not indicate support for such a strategy.

Tags: Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax

Congestion in California. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

A bill to raise fuel taxes that could bring in $5.2 billion a year has advanced through the California legislature and needs only to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown before going into effect.

Tags: California, Fuel Tax, Diesel Prices, Infrastructure Funding, Gasoline Prices

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Key Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking driver perspectives on a number of top industry issues through an online survey.

Tags: Highway Safety, Survey, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Infrastructure Funding

March 28, 2017 - Industry News

Chris Christie Signs $400 Million N.J. Transportation Bill

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)  Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill authorizing $400 million from the state’s Transportation Trust Fund for transportation projects, including road and bridge repairs as well as safety and technology upgrades.

Tags: New Jersey, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Infrastructure Group Slams Trump on Erasing TIGER Grants

Image: White House Office of Management and Budget

An infrastructure advocacy group questions the wisdom of eliminating federal TIGER grants for funding freight-related road projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, CAGTC

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee to Eye State/Local Rollout of FAST Act

Traffic in New York City Photo: U.S. DOT

For its first hearing of the 115th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will delve into how the most recent highway bill — the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act— is being implemented on the state and local level.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

Image: U.S. DOT

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

President Trump addressing Congress on Feb. 28. Image via WhiteHouse.gov

In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation’s infrastructure. It was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Intelligent Transpo Roadmap Stresses Long-Term Thinking on Funding

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Among the numerous recommendations laid out in a public-policy roadmap issued on Feb. 8 by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, is a call to a potentially leverage a “tax overhaul” to fund new transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, ITS America, Intelligent Transportation

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

Elaine Chao at her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing. Looking on is her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Screenshot via Senate Commerce Committee

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

New Group Advocates for Modern Transportation Infrastructure Solutions

A group of American shippers, carriers and retailers have launched the Americans for Modern Transportation coalition, advocating for improved transportation infrastructure and policy that will reflect the needs of modern businesses and consumers.

Tags: Infrastructure, E-commerce, Infrastructure Funding

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

States Vote to Bolster Infrastructure Funding

Infrastructure funding was bolstered by voters in several states on election day, with measures being passed in Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana and Maine that direct money at the issue.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, State Legislation, Election Day

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Nearly a Third of Major Urban Roads in Poor Condition

Urban road conditions in major metropolitan areas are in terrible shape and could deteriorate further as traffic increases and transportation remains underfunded

Tags: Research, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

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