Infrastructure Funding

Government, Business

Former Secretary Ray LaHood’s Roadmap for an Infrastructure Plan

Ray LaHood Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood testifies on infrastructure investment Feb. 7. (House Transportation & Infrastucture Committee via YouTube)

A former DOT chief lays out a four-step plan to put America "back in the transportation business again." Here's Capitol Agenda's look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Missouri Rep. Sam Graves Consistent in Support of VMT Funding Approach

Sam Graves Graves agrees with DeFazio's support of the VMT. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

When policymakers kick off debate on “pay-fors” for a long-term infrastructure plan, the vehicle-miles-traveled funding approach that seems to be gaining bipartisan support in Congress is expected to play a major role.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 23, 2019
Government, Business

Even in Shutdown, Pelosi and House Democrats’ Legislative Priorities Include Infrastructure

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats Even with the government partially shut down and the battle over a border wall, infrastucture is high on Pelosi and the Democrats' list of legislative priorities. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

High on the list of priorities for the new Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is funding for infrastructure projects, something transportation officials and freight executives around the country agree is badly needed for reducing congestion and to boost regional economies.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Freight Transportation Profits, Prospers

Without a doubt, 2018 was a banner year for trucking and almost every other form of freight transportation. Business investment took off, hiring picked up and freight volume soared with both domestic and international shipments sharing in the bounty.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Staff Writer
December 27, 2018
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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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.

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 | Senior 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 | Senior Reporter
November 28, 2018