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Freight Needs Money and Federal Planning, House Panel Told

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.

April 25, 2013

Obama to Nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx to DOT

Obama to Nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx to DOT

President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, news sources are reporting. Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who has said he would serve until a successor is confirmed.

April 29, 2013

Obama Taps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for Top DOT Post

Obama Taps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for Top DOT Post

President Obama nominated Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation. Foxx does not have a background in transportation – he was a practicing attorney before going into politics – but as mayor he has been instrumental in a number of important transportation projects.

April 29, 2013

Lautenberg Offers Bill to Restrict Sizes and Weights

Lautenberg Offers Bill to Restrict Sizes and Weights

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits. His move positions a familiar piece in the size-and-weight chess match as the next highway bill approaches.

May 8, 2013

Log Mandate Could Push Late Adopters of Technology

Log Mandate Could Push Late Adopters of Technology

The pending mandate for electronic logging could pave the way for more mobile productivity systems in smaller fleets, said Norm Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for Qualcomm’s Omnitracs.

May 21, 2013

Werner’s Derek Leathers on the Industry Outlook

Werner’s Derek Leathers on the Industry Outlook

Slowly but steadily, freight demand is growing, said Derek Leathers, president and COO of truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit Wednesday.

May 15, 2013

Maverick Focuses on Training to Slow Driver Turnover

Amid growing concern about a shortage of drivers, Maverick Transportation is laying the foundation for a long-term solution by improving driver training. At an ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., last week, there was much talk about a coming convergence of circumstances that will tip the balance of driver supply and demand.

May 20, 2013

Rep. Delaney Proposes $50 Billion Infrastructure Finance Bill

There’s a new entrant in the field of ideas for how to pay for infrastructure investment. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) is proposing a bill to provide $50 billion in loans and loan guarantees, financed by the sale of infrastructure bonds.

May 22, 2013

Smooth Reception for Foxx on Hill

Smooth Reception for Foxx on Hill

Anthony Foxx was well received by the Senate Commerce Committee at his confirmation hearing Wednesday and there were no signs of resistance to his nomination as Secretary of Transportation.

May 22, 2013

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

May 28, 2013

FHWA Hosts Size and Weight Study Session

FHWA Hosts Size and Weight Study Session

The Federal Highway Administration is kicking off the public phase of its two-year study of the truck size and weight issue. At Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday the agency is hosting the first of four planned public listening sessions on size and weight issues.

May 28, 2013

A Long History Shapes the Size and Weight Study

A Long History Shapes the Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration should have a pretty good idea of what to expect as it proceeds with its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights. The study, which Congress will use to decide on possible changes in current standards, is the latest in a long line of similar research.

May 30, 2013

Size & Weight Study Draws Active Participation

Size & Weight Study Draws Active Participation

“We know there are diverse views.” So said Jeffrey Paniati, executive director of the Federal Highway Administration, as he opened the first public session of the agency’s comprehensive size and weight study, and he was 100% correct.

May 29, 2013

Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dead at 89

Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dead at 89

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., a longtime advocate of tough truck safety legislation, has died at age 89. Most recently, he reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits, continuing his long opposition to any easing of those standards.

June 3, 2013