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July 30, 2014

On Two Transportation Fronts, a Republican Pushback on Executive Power

A familiar Republican argument — that President Barack Obama’s appointees are using executive branch power to hurt states and businesses — was heard almost simultaneously late Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor and across the street from the Capitol at a hearing in the Russell Senate Office building from two GOP senators on two different topics, both involving transportation.

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July 28, 2014

Week’s Transportation Highlight Will Be Senate Passage of Highway Funding Bill

Months of hand-wringing, anguished warnings, and legislative maneuvering culminate in the next five days, as the Senate prepares to pass a bill to refill the Highway Trust Fund and avert what Democratic leaders were calling “the transportation equivalent of a government shutdown.”

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July 25, 2014

Chief Truck and Bus Regulator Ferro to Leave Obama Administration

CQ’s John Boyd reports that Anne Ferro, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is leaving her job to become president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 4:31 p.m.

July 15, 2014

Distracted Driving Played a Role in 2013 Bridge Collapse, Board Says

The National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday that distracted driving by a pilot/escort driver leading a truck contributed to the accident that caused the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge across the Skagit River in Washington State last year.

On May 23, 2103, a truck carrying an oversized load struck the top of the bridge and triggered the collapse which shut down the main traffic route between Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

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July 14, 2014

Your Gasoline Prices Are Too Low, International Energy Agency Chief Tells Americans

The head of the International Energy Agency chided the United States on Monday for having gasoline prices that are, in her view, too low.

Speaking at the conference of the U.S. Energy Information Administration in Washington, Maria van der Hoeven, a former Dutch minister of economic affairs, brought up the price of U.S. gasoline in the context of fuel subsidies in countries such as Egypt, Indonesia, and the North African nations.

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Ruling Expected on Bridge Collapse in Washington State

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The scene near Mount Vernon, Wash., soon after the I-5 bridge collapse. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

On Tuesday the National Transportation Safety Board will meet to determine the probable cause of the collapse on May 23, 2013, of a bridge on Interstate 5 spanning the Skagit River in Washington State.

The bridge is a major thoroughfare for truck and tourism traffic between Canada and the United States, with more than 71,000 drivers using it daily. Was this another case study in America’s aging infrastructure and the need for more federal transportation spending?

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July 7, 2014

Local Labor Skirmish May Complicate Efforts on West Coast Ports Accord

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Cargo is still moving through the Los Angeles port as negotiations continue with labor unions and non-union truckers hold a separate protest. Shown here in December 2012, though, the cranes were quiet during a clerical workers’ strike.

A labor action by non-union truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could complicate the negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, which represents nearly 20,000 dockworkers at West Coast ports.

The drivers’ labor action started Monday. A group called Justice for Port Truck Drivers called it “a dramatic escalation from prior actions” against trucking firms.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 5:22 p.m.
Ports, Trucking

July 1, 2014

Foxx Rebuts Idea That Obama Is Leading From Behind on Infrastructure Taxes

“Go Team USA — Let’s build some bridges!” President Barack Obama told a crowd at the Key Bridge in Washington on Tuesday afternoon as he urged Congress to pass a bill to refill the Highway Trust Fund.

If Congress can’t figure out a way to raise the revenue for building infrastructure, it will be “like Congress threatening to lay off the entire population of Denver or Seattle or Boston” due to the construction jobs that will be at risk, Obama told the crowd.

The president explained that under his administration’s $302 billion, four-year Grow America Act proposal, “We pay for it in part by closing tax loopholes for companies that are shipping their profits overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.”

Earlier Tuesday reporters pressed Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on why he and Obama haven’t called for an increase in the 18.4-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline.

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In Run-Up to Fourth of July, Fuel Prices Highest Since 2008 Surge

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Gasoline prices are on average about 20 cents higher than a year ago at this time and higher than they have been in six years, according to data released by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

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June 30, 2014

Towns Can Ban Fracking, Top New York Court Rules

New York State’s highest court ruled Monday that state law does not supersede local towns’ “home rule” authority to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

It’s a decision that has implications for the continued expansion of domestic natural gas supplies — which in turn affect economic development and transportation, from trucking to rail to shipping.

The two towns involved in Monday’s decision, Dryden and Middlefield, banned fracking in 2011.

The town boards “both studied the issue and acted within their home rule powers in determining that gas drilling would permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately cultivated, small-town character of their communities,” the New York State Court of Appeals said in its decision.

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June 26, 2014

Lag Time? A Significant Spending Boost, but Still a C-Minus Grade for Pa.

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Corbett. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Even after enactment of big infrastructure spending packages signed into law by the state’s current and previous governor, Pennsylvania still gets an overall grade of C-minus from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Central Pennsylvania Section in its 2014 report card.

The report, released Wednesday, gives a D-minus to the state’s roads and wastewater systems, a D-plus to its bridges, and a D to its mass transit systems. Pennsylvania gets a better grade for its freight rail, a B.

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June 25, 2014

A Concrete Effect — Literally — From Any Halt in Highway Funding

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Construction crews work on an overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, Calif., in March 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Democrats are staying resolutely on message as the Highway Trust Fund heads toward depletion.

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June 24, 2014

Ron Wyden Proposes Tax Law Changes to Temporarily Sustain Highway Trust Fund

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With the clock ticking down to a cash flow crisis in the Highway Trust Fund this summer, Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Ron Wyden offered a $9 billion remedy Tuesday that would sustain the fund through the end of December. Wyden’s committee will mark up his bill Thursday.

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June 23, 2014

Just in Time for Christmas: The Container Guide

The publishers of “a pocket-sized, waterproof field guide to shipping containers and the corporations that own them” say the book, “The Container Guide,” will ship in December. It draws its inspiration from classic Audubon birding guides and “will help you quickly identify the corporation behind almost any container you spot in the wild.”

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June 18, 2014

As International Trade Recovers, FedEx Sees ‘Wild Card’ in Mideast Turmoil

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FedEx employees at a Miami facility sort through packages for delivery on “Cyber Monday” on Dec. 2 of last year. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Package shipper FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported 15 percent higher earnings in its fourth quarter, but warned of the possible impact of surging oil prices due to the violence raging in Iraq and Syria.

Alan Graf, FedEx executive vice president and chief financial officer told a conference call that “it is not just simply fuel price” but “when we can catch up with the surcharge” if fuel prices soar.

He added, “We have had some years where we have had some thrilling impacts” to the company’s bottom line “both good and bad” from fuel price movements. Graf said “right now we’re not expecting” a dramatic change in fuel prices “but, of course, with things that are going on in the Middle East, it’s a big wild card.”

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