Government, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Analysis: Reluctant States Raise Gas Taxes to Repair Roads

Foggy Gas Station Tim Vrtiska/Flickr

Motorists don’t like to pay more at the pump, and lawmakers worry that if they raise taxes on gasoline, they’ll be voted out of office.

Sophie Quinton |
July 26, 2017

FMCSA to Host Meeting on CSA Corrective Plan in September, Sources Say

Daphne Jefferson FMCSA FMCSA acting Administrator Daphne Jefferson/Bloomberg News

A public meeting on a congressionally mandated plan federal trucking regulators must complete this year about a safety performance scoring program will be held in September, officials with insight into the matter told Transport Topics.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 26, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Cargo Activity at Illinois Airport Jumps 39% as UPS, Amazon Flights Increase

Amazon Plane Chicago Rockford International Airport

More jobs and cash have landed at Chicago Rockford International Airport, where cargo volume is up nearly 40% for the first six months of the year compared with the first half of 2016.

Isaac Guerrero | Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
July 26, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Minnesota Truckers Seek Delay of B20 Biofuel Mandate

B20 option at the pump Micah Walter/Bloomberg News

The Minnesota Trucking Association has joined automakers and energy stakeholders in calling on state officials to delay a plan to increase the mix of biofuel to 20% of all diesel sold in the state beginning May 1.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2017

TIGER Grants Restored in Senate Fiscal ’18 Transportation Bill

Sen. Susan Collins Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — A grants program at the U.S. Department of Transportation for regional infrastructure projects would receive $550 million in fiscal 2018 under legislation a Senate funding subpanel approved July 25.

Eugene Molero
July 25, 2017
Government, TCA

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Making Thousands of False Statements to FMCSA

A 27-year-old Kuna, Idaho, man pleaded guilty July 24 to making thousands of false statements to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ruth Brown | The Idaho Statesman
July 25, 2017
Government, Business

Pickup in Confidence Shows Americans Upbeat on Jobs, Economy

Consumer shopping at Target Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A four-month high in U.S. consumer confidence reflects Americans’ sunnier views on both their current situation and outlook, a positive sign for the economy, data from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday.

Scott Lanman | Bloomberg News
July 25, 2017
Government, Logistics

This Obscure NAFTA Chapter Could be Canada’s Deal-Breaker Again

Canada and U.S. flags takenbykevin/Flickr

The U.S. confirmed last week that among its top objectives in upcoming negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement — which superseded the FTA in 1994 — is the elimination of the Chapter 19 dispute-resolution mechanism that previous Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney went to such lengths to preserve.

Chris Fournier | Bloomberg News
July 25, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

‘Architect’ of Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam Strikes Deal to Plead, Cooperate

Pilot Flying J Headquarters raymondclarkeimages/Flickr

The man dubbed by the FBI as the architect of the diesel fuel rebate scam by executives of the nation’s largest truck stop chain has struck a deal to confess, court records show.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
July 25, 2017
Government, Safety, TCA

Minnesota’s Riskiest Spans Repaired a Decade After Fatal I-35W Bridge Collapse

Aging bridge in Minnesota An aging bridge in Minnesota. (Matt Zaske)

Minnesota has repaired or replaced about 120 bridges in the past decade as part of a special funding program authorized after an Interstate 35W span plunged into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.

Janet Moore and MaryJo Webster | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
July 24, 2017