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FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.

November 26, 2014

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

November 25, 2014

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

September 30, 2014

House Panel Sees Important, Limited Role for Public-Private Partnerships

House Panel Sees Important, Limited Role for Public-Private Partnerships

Private investment can work well as a funding source for some infrastructure projects, particularly those that are very expensive and complex, but it is not useful for most projects. That’s the message from a House study on the benefits and risks of using public-private partnerships to pay for highways and other transportation projects.

September 17, 2014

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

September 9, 2014

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.

July 17, 2014

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

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.

May 7, 2014

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

April 9, 2014

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

March 4, 2014

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

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.

January 27, 2014

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit
GAO Reviews Benefits, Costs of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications
With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights
Senate Stalls Transport Appropriations Bill

Senate Stalls Transport Appropriations Bill

The Senate rejected an effort to advance a transportation appropriations bill, mirroring the action yesterday by the House. In a 54 – 43 vote, the Senate declined to end debate on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations measure.

August 1, 2013