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February 22, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Initiative Highlights the Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure

Deteriorating roads and bridges exact a heavy price on the motoring public and ATA is highlighting them in a new campaign.

The American Trucking Associations has launched a new initiative that highlights the nation’s infrastructure needs by demonstrating the extreme costs of traffic congestion and road disrepair.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Politics, Infrastructure Funding, Congestion

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

Trucking and highway stakeholder groups are less than thrilled with devils in the details of the gargantuan Trump infrastructure plan. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Reaction by trucking and highway interest lobbies to the full reveal of President Trump’s gargantuan infrastructure plan essentially mirror views the groups expressed last month, when some of its contents were leaked and when the plan’s funding goal was ratcheted up in the State of the Union address.

Tags: ATA, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Trump plan still sees limited role for federal spending to fix infrastructure. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Getting President Trump’s infrastructure plan through Congress may make the actual fixing of America’s crumbling highways (and the rest of its subpar infrastructure) a mere walk in the park, says HDT Executive Editor David Cullen in this news analysis.

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

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

Heavy truck traffic on a California highway. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Reaction by highway stakeholder groups to President Trump’s State of the Union remarks on investing in infrastructure seem to be informed as much by earlier information on his spending proposal as by anything he said in his Jan. 30 address to Congress.

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

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Trump's Call for More Infrastructure Spending Scant on Funding Details

In his first State of the Union address, Presdient Trump said nothing about how to pay for his now $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Photo: TV screenshot

President Trump has upped the ante by requesting Congress to craft a bipartisan bill that “generates” at least $1.5 trillion to invest in infrastructure.

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

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

Congestion Worsened at ATRI's Top Trucking Bottlenecks Locations

Atlanta's Spaghetti Junction topped ATRI's list of the worst truck bottlenecks for the third year in a row. Image via ATRI.

Overall truck speeds worsened at the top five bottlenecks on ATRI's list with peak speeds falling by an average of 6% at these locations.

Tags: Infrastructure, Traffic Congestion, E-commerce, ATRI, Infrastructure Funding, Congestion

January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Leaked Infrastructure Plan: No Fuel Tax Hike, but Tolling Interstates OK

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

UPDATED A draft of the Trump Administration’s long-promised infrastructure plan, obtained and published on Jan. 22, is arguably most compelling for what it leaves out: Any talk of boosting federal fuel taxes.

Tags: NATSO, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates

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

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