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August 21, 2014
Tolling may soon become a routine method of paying for new highway construction even in traditional non-toll states, and drivers may just have to get used to it.
But some drivers are waging a battle to prevent tolling on a congested 26-mile stretch of Interstate 77 in North Carolina.
August 6, 2014
Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an increase in the state’s sales tax to pay for highways, roads, and bridges.
The proposed amendment to the state constitution was defeated 59 percent to 41 percent – even though it included elements designed to make it more palatable to voters: it would have explicitly banned tolling on state highways and would have prevented an increase in the state’s tax on gasoline and other motor fuels.
The constitutional amendment would have been a three-quarters of one percent increase to the state’s 4.225 percent sales tax.
July 31, 2014
More stoned drivers on the road because of marijuana legalization could be a serious risk, at least according to some lawmakers.
At a hearing Thursday on driving and operating other vehicles while impaired by marijuana, House Subcommittee on Government Operations chairman Rep. John L. Mica, R- Fla., said “we’re going to have more people stoned on the highways and there will be consequences.”
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official Dr. Jeff Michael told the subcommittee that right now there’s too little data to devise a federal impairment standard. His agency is working with the state of Washington to assess the change in marijuana use by drivers before and after the state’s legalization of the drug.
July 30, 2014
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.
July 28, 2014
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.”
July 25, 2014
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.
July 15, 2014
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.
July 14, 2014
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.
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?
July 7, 2014
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.
July 1, 2014
“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.
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.
June 30, 2014
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.
June 26, 2014
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.
June 25, 2014
Democrats are staying resolutely on message as the Highway Trust Fund heads toward depletion.