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Government, Business

FMCSA Eases Requirements for Veterans to Become Commercial Drivers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced changes to its final rule intended to ease the transition for military personnel to civilian careers as commercial motor vehicle drivers by simplifying the process to obtain a learner’s permit or driver license.

Transport Topics
October 12, 2016
Government, Business

ATA, Rhode Island Trucking Still Fighting State’s Truck-Only Tolling Plan

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Rhode Island’s truck-only toll plan may have received the go-ahead from the Federal Highway Administration, but the battle over RhodeWorks isn’t finished.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2016
Government, Business

Matthew’s Lingering Effects Have I-95 Closed in Much of North Carolina

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Hurricane Matthew is history, but its effects are battering North Carolina. Multiple roadways remain closed in central and eastern North Carolina on Oct. 11 due to large debris and flooding.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2016
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Groups Urge Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump to Ensure Long-Term Highway Funding

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The next president of the United States must press ahead with a plan that ensures the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund, nearly three dozen transportation groups wrote to the nominees of the two major parties last week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2016
Government, Business

Texas Tollway Project Months Behind Schedule

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The Texas 71 project, which will add one toll lane in each direction from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport entrance to east of Texas 130 and straighten out an FM 973 dogleg, missed its contractual completion date of Oct. 7 by several months.

Ben Wear | Austin American-Statesman
October 11, 2016
Government, Fuel, Business

N.J. Legislature Votes to Raise Fuel Taxes to Replenish Transportation Trust Fund

Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg News

The long-running battle over New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund could be on the verge of ending. New Jersey’s Senate and Assembly voted on Oct. 7 to provide $2 billion annually to the transportation fund for the next eight years, thanks to tax increases of  27 cents per gallon on diesel and 23 cents per gallon on gasoline.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 7, 2016
Government, Business

Pittsburgh Gets $10.9 Million Federal Transportation Grant

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Pittsburgh more than $10.9 million in grant funding.

Michael Walton | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 7, 2016
Government

PHMSA Awards Universities Grants for Pipeline Safety Research

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Three universities will examine ways to improve pipeline safety with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s pipelines division announced this week.

Transport Topics
October 7, 2016
Government, Business

Tolls Will Rise 17% in Oklahoma by 2019, Pending Court Case

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The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has voted to increase fees on the state’s toll roads by 12% on Jan. 1, with additional hikes of 2.5% set for 2018 and 2019.   

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 7, 2016
Government, Business

Sen. Chuck Schumer Presses DOT on Speed Limiters

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The U.S. Department of Transportation should quickly finalize a proposed federal speed-limiter rule for new heavy trucks, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) said Oct. 6. 

Transport Topics
October 6, 2016

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