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June 10, 2013 - Industry News

Commerce Committee Sends Foxx DOT Nomination to Senate

Anthony Foxx is expected to be confirmed by the Senate as the next Secretary of Transportation.

The Senate Commerce Committee Monday night approved the nomination of Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, while the committee named Mark Warner to take over a key transportation subcommittee from the late Frank Lautenberg.

Tags: DOT, Infrastructure, U.S. Senate

May 30, 2013 - Industry News

Carriers and Shippers Among Those Named to DOT Freight Committee

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee, which will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight, MAP-21, Infrastructure

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Bridge Set to Reopen in Mid-June with Temporary Fix

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a plan to replace the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon after it was damaged by a truck hauling an oversize load on Thursday, closing a section of the route.

Tags: NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridge, Washington, Infrastructure

May 23, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Bridge Partially Collapses in Washington State

UPDATED -- A bridge along Interstate 5 in Washington state partially collapsed Thursday evening, closing part of the route. Authorities are blaming it on a truck pulling an oversize load but the company says it has the proper permit to use the route.

Tags: Infrastructure, Washington, Highways, I-5

April 17, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Tasked with Developing Freight Transportation Improvements

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) have announced the members of a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the economy.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways, U.S. House of Representatives, MAP-21

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATA, Diesel Forum Slam Obama Budget Proposal

President Obama’s proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 drew harsh criticism from the American Trucking Associations and the Diesel Technology Forum. ATA took issue with the budget's infrastructure funding, while the Forum took aim at a cut in funding for emissions-reduction programs.

Tags: ATA, President Obama, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, DERA, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Emissions, Diesel, Diesel Technology Forum

April 8, 2013 - Industry News

Vermont Considering Tax Hikes for Diesel and Gasoline

As lawmakers in Vermont look to raise money for road and other transportation projects, trucking could get dragged into the mix with talk of a possible diesel tax hike. One proposal in the state legislature calls for increasing the diesel tax by 2 cents per gallon this year followed by a 2-cent hike in 2014.

Tags: Vermont, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Highways, Infrastructure, Taxes

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Gridlock Grows Worse

A new report says gridlock in the U.S. has staged a dramatic comeback after two years of post-recession lows, but it’s also a sign the economy is bouncing back. Data from the most recent Inrix Gridlock Index shows traffic jumped by almost 10% during February – the largest year-over-year increase recorded in two years, and a healthy sign of rising economic activity across 100 metro areas.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways, Infrastructure, Inrix

March 19, 2013 - Industry News

Engineers Give America's Infrastructure a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers says the state of America's infrastructure rose slightly, going from a D in 2009 to a D+ in its 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, and projected a $1.5 trillion funding shortfall by 2020 based on current funding levels.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highways

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Gov. Fuel Tax Plan Similar to Virginia's

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has borrowed a page from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s playbook, with proposed changes to the state’s tax on gasoline to raise highway funds. According to published reports there is no indication that it would affect the diesel fuel tax.

Tags: Taxes, Infrastructure, Maryland, Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil

February 28, 2013 - Industry News

House Sets Transportation Oversight Hearing

The House of Representatives will begin oversight of the new federal highway program March 14 with a hearing to review implementation of key elements of last year’s highway bill.

Tags: Highways, Government, AASHTO, MAP-21, Infrastructure

February 25, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia Assembly Clears Transport Revenue Package

The Virginia General Assembly passed a landmark transportation package that replaces the per-gallon fuel tax with a wholesale tax, plus other revenue raisers, and addressed the controversial issue of adding tolls to I-95.

Tags: Infrastructure, Tolls, Virginia, MAP-21

February 14, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Moving Ahead with MAP-21 Freight Initiatives

The new National Freight Strategic Plan will look at different transportation modes.

The Department of Transportation is asking for nominations for a committee that will establish the National Freight Strategic Plan that's called for in last year's highway bill, and has proposed a process for desgnating a national freight network.

Tags: Highways, Infrastructure, DOT, National Freight Strategic Plan, MAP-21, National Freight Network

February 14, 2013 - Industry News

Infrastructure Featured in State of Union, House Hearing

Infrastructure had its moment in the spotlight this week as President Obama called for most-needed repairs funded in part by private investment, and the lead transportation committee in the House kicked off what will be a two-year effort to reauthorize the federal highway program.

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure

February 7, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Plan Would Get Oil Companies to Help Foot Infrastructure Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this week introduced a plan to week that would rely on a tax of oil companies to inject billions of dollars into the state’s transportation system while cutting taxes at the gas pump.

Tags: Infrastructure, Fuel Prices, Pennsylvania, Virginia

February 6, 2013 - Industry News

Congestion Cost Trucking $27 billion in 2011

Congestion has a price, and for the trucking industry, It's billions of dollars lost. The total financial cost of congestion in 2011 was $121 billion, up one billion dollars from the year before and translating to $818 per U.S. commuter. Of that total, about $27 billion worth was wasted time and diesel fuel from trucks moving goods on the system.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Infrastructure, Highways

January 24, 2013 - Industry News

House Transportation Committee Sets Agenda

Trucking issues rank high on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee agenda for the coming year. The committee, which met earlier this week to set its oversight plan and confirm leadership positions, will be keeping an eye on national freight policy, on tolling activities in the states, on the CSA safety enforcement program and on the hours-of-service rule

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, Hours of Service

January 17, 2013 - Industry News

Engineers Warn About the Economic Impact of Not Investing in Infrastructure

A lack of funding in infrastructure will mean more to the people of the United States than a few more potholes in the road. According to the American Society of Civil Engineer's Failure to Act report, "The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America's Economic Future," the U.S. government and its people will be feeling the lack of infrastructure funding in their wallets

Tags: Infrastructure, Economy

January 9, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Suggests Mileage Fees for Trucks

Congress might want to consider a mileage fee for trucks and electric vehicles when it looks for ways to strengthen highway funding, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while privacy concerns and other issues limit the usefulness of such fees for automobiles, Congress should consider a pilot program to test them for trucks and electric cars

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress, VMT, Taxes

December 27, 2012 - Industry News

Top 10 Trucking Stories and Trends from 2012, Part 4

As we begin 2013, it's a good time to look back on 2012 at some of the biggest trucking stories and trends. Here are our picks for the top two stories of the year

Tags: Industry, Infrastructure, CSA

December 17, 2012 - Industry News

Bill Would Set up VMT Pilot Project

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would fund a Vehicle Miles Traveled pilot program to examine a new source of funding that would help make up for the Highway Trust Fund deficit

Tags: Highways, Infrastructure, Oregon, VMT

December 6, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Interests Prepare for New Committee Lineups on the Hill

The election did not change the balance of power in Washington, but committee leadership in Congress is in flux and trucking lobbyists are alert for what that might mean. They also are watching for a possible change at the Department of Transportation

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Rep. Bill Shuster Will Take Reins of Key House Transportation Committee

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will replace Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. T&I is the key truck-related panel in the House, with oversight over the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is the committee that will draft the next major highway bill, due in 2014

Tags: Infrastructure, Congress

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Reason Foundation Says Costs for Fuel Tax, Toll Collection are 'Myths'

All-electronic tolling could be as cheap to operate as collecting fuel tax, says The Reason Foundation. Cash lanes, however, are more expensive to operate. (Photo by Jim Park)

The Reason Foundation, an American libertarian research organization, released a study saying it costs more to collect fuel taxes than is generally believed, and that thanks to new electronic tolling systems, collecting tolls costs less than is thought.

Tags: Highways, Tolls, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure

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