Infrastructure Funding

Government, Business

Freight Transportation, Infrastructure Issues Headline TRB Annual Meeting

Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Infrastructure funding — who provides it, the federal government or the states, and how much — will be a leading topic at the annual Transportation Research Board meeting. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Academics, stakeholders, policymakers and agency officials from every level of government are expected to meet in downtown Washington in January for one of the largest gatherings of the country’s transportation community.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 27, 2018
Government, Business

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan Fails to Mention Infrastructure Policy in Farewell Address

Outgoing Speaker Ryan after his farewell address Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan exits the stage after his farewell address. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

In a farewell address Dec. 19 to the nation that highlighted ongoing concerns over immigration and celebrated the passage of legislation about tax and energy policies, the outgoing Republican leader of the House of Representatives did not mention transportation-centric bills that had advanced during his tenure.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 19, 2018
Government, Business

New Round of BUILD Grants Addresses Freight Corridor Needs

A tractor-trailer passes under an electronic road sign warning of strong wind gusts on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo. A tractor-trailer passes under an electronic road sign warning of strong wind gusts on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s first round of Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development discretionary grants allocated a record amount of funding for road projects, some of which specifically address important freight routes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Funding Plan Starts With Open Dialogue

In the news business, if journalists believe a story has some long-term relevance, we say the story “has legs.” The term is meant to suggest that a topic could carry forward for a while, or that an article could be published at a later date, since the content has lesser risk of growing stale.

Transport Topics
December 13, 2018
Government, Business

Rep. DeFazio on Earmarks Ban: ‘Don’t Think We Need That Rule’

Rep. Peter DeFazio DeFazio says the ban on earmarks is no longer necessary. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — The next chairman of the transportation policy panel in the U.S. House of Representatives said the ban on earmarks the GOP imposed nearly a decade ago is no longer needed.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2018
Government, Business

Stakeholders Again Call On Congress to Approve Long-Term Transportation Funding

EPW members Sens. Barrasso and Carper Sens. Barrasso (left) and Carper echoed stakeholders' call to action Nov. 28 on long-term infrastructure funding. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Stakeholders told the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee: The country’s transportation network is desperately in need of long-term federal funding assurances meant to improve freight and commuter connectivity, the result of which could boost the economy.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2018
Government, Business

House Democrats, Now the Majority, Will Push Infrastructure Funding, Oversight Agenda in 2019

Peter DeFazio DeFazio stands to become chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He's optimistic about advancing robust infrastructure legislation. (Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg News)

A long-term infrastructure funding measure and increased oversight of the Trump administration will be priorities the new Democratic leadership in the U.S. House intends to pursue during the next two years, the incoming chairman of the transportation panel told reporters Nov. 7.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2018
Government, Business

Infrastructure Boom Seen Roaring Ahead Regardless of Midterm Result

Man in front of bridge John Taggart/Bloomberg News

Encouraging spending on roads, bridges and other infrastructure could be one of the rare areas where a Democrat-controlled Congress finds common ground with the Trump administration. Private investors in such projects aren’t relying on any breakthroughs, regardless of how next week’s midterm elections shake out.

Gillian Tan and Noah Buhayar | Bloomberg News
November 2, 2018

Democrats Look to Push Infrastructure Plan if They Retake House

Truck on Bridge John Taggart/Bloomberg News

Democrats are planning to pursue a major U.S. transportation and infrastructure measure if they retake control of the U.S. House in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, but the same question that helped stall Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar initiative remains: How would it be funded?

Mark Niquette and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 10: Welcome to Normaltown

U.S. Capitol building Present! Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building via YouTube

For all of the hysteria pundits have heaped on Washington in recent weeks, the current state of affairs really isn't abnormal. Here's a look ahead to the week for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2018