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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Freight movement needs a coordinated national freight strategic plan and dedicated source of funds in the next surface transportation bill, and major industry players need to be aggressive in selling that message to legislators obsessed with cutting federal transportation spending. That’s the word from the annual conference of Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, a ten-year-old Washington coalition of freight interests that includes shippers, builders, ports, intermodal interests, and other stakeholders.
Monday, May 09, 2011
Actual dollar amounts are short of desired legislative levels for transportation infrastructure. And with the Federal Government repeatedly showing little or no interest in increasing the gasoline tax, the current primary funding source, it stands to reason that funding will remain an obstacle for the foreseeable future.
Friday, May 06, 2011
While the legislative draft, entitled the “Transportation Opportunities Act,” is reported to have been written by the White House, Administration officials have not definitely said it originated there, according to media reports.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
In a wide-ranging speech largely focusing on the role transportation plays in our nation’s strength, former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee James L. Oberstar pulled no punches in succinctly describing the biggest challenges the U.S. faces and what needs to happen for them to be overcome.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Various transportation interests met on Capitol Hill this week for a two-day hearing hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, which focused on pending surface transportation reauthorization.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
A few weeks ago, Congress signed off on extending funding for federal highway and transit funding through September 30, the end of the fiscal year. This multiple month extension was the seventh of its kind, albeit the lengths have differed for each one.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A bipartisan group of senators this week has introduced legislation that they said would help to close the country’s widening infrastructure funding gap, serve as a job creator, and enhance U.S. competitiveness. The legislation, drafted by Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Mark Warner (D-VA), is entitled the BUILD (the Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development) Act.
Friday, March 04, 2011
With the clock ticking down on the future of federal highway and transit funding, the United States Congress and House of Representatives yesterday both voted to extend funding through September 30, the end of the fiscal year. This measure has now officially been signed into law by President Barack Obama and will cover funding related to highway, highway safety, and transit programs.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Most recent continuing resolution to keep SAFETEA-LU funding at current levels expires on Friday, March 4.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
On the heels of President Obama’s recently released proposed fiscal year 2012 budget request, there have been no shortages of opinions regarding the transportation components of the budget, most notably the proposed six-year, $556 billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal.