Government, Logistics, TCA

Louisiana State Rep. Not Ready to Give Up on Improving Roads: ‘We Have to Fix It’

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Seven months after their push for a hike in the state gas tax died, road and bridge advocates are scrambling to see what, if any, other options are available for traffic relief.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
January 8, 2018
Government, Business

Gautreaux Starts as No. 2 at FMCSA

The country’s regulatory agency for trucks and buses has a new deputy administrator in Cathy Gautreaux.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2017
Government, Logistics, TCA

Louisiana Voters OK Measure to Tighten Transportation Spending

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Louisiana officials agree that the state’s roads need fixing. Beyond that, though, they can’t seem to agree on what to do about it. But they did make some progress earlier this month toward a solution when the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment to safeguard any money raised by new gas taxes.

Daniel C. Vock | Governing
October 24, 2017
Government, Logistics, TCA

Story of Louisiana Road, Bridge Problems: Millions in Budget but Billions in Backlog

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While Louisiana road and bridge needs poured in to a key legislative committee Oct. 12, prospects for any sweeping changes are bleak.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
October 12, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

Louisiana Regulators Allow More Truckers to Haul Hazardous Waste

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Louisiana regulators Sept. 20 allowed more companies to haul toxic waste in the state, but the Public Service Commission did not go as far as a newly passed state law demands, which will force the courts, ultimately, to decide how to handle hazardous leftovers from industry and the oilfield.

Mark Ballard | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
September 22, 2017

Waterway Infrastructure Hits Shipping Companies, Opens Door to Trucks

Louisiana paddle boat bridge New Orleans Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Infrastructure on the nation’s inland waterways needs an investment boost. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates $4.9 billion is needed in the next 20 years to improve locks and dams across the country.

Marissa Gamache | Special to Transport Topics
August 9, 2017
Government, TCA

'Irresponsible’ for Louisiana to Ignore Road, Bridge Needs, Sponsor of Unsuccessful Gas Tax Hike Says

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The sponsor of a failed bill to raise Louisiana’s gas tax said July 31 the state should consider other options to improve roads and bridges, including the already-stressed general fund.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
August 1, 2017

Louisiana Transportation Chief Expects Key Road Projects Will Be Slowed

Louisiana Seeks Infusion of Funds to Boost Infrastructure Stuart Seeger/Flickr

The failure of efforts to boost state aid for roads and bridges means key projects statewide will be slowed, Louisiana transportation chief Shawn Wilson said.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
July 11, 2017

Louisiana's Next Debate on a Higher Gas Tax? Likely 2021, at the Earliest

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The death of the push to raise Louisiana's gasoline tax not only ended the issue for 2017.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
June 13, 2017

Louisiana Transportation Revamp Wins Final Legislative Approval, but Critics Say it Ensures Political Projects

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Despite charges that it will spawn politically driven road and bridge projects, the Louisiana House gave final approval to a bill aimed at improving voter confidence in transportation spending.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
June 8, 2017