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Transportation Leaders Examine Market Concerns in Freight Rail Industry

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore) Rep. Peter DeFazio by Susan Walsh / Associated Press

The leaders of the transportation policy panel of the U.S. House of Representatives expressed concern about possible unfair trade practices in the freight rail and transit sectors.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2019
Government, Business

Bill Shuster Offers Gameplan for Infrastructure Funding

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania Transportation leaders this year have floated some of the key aspects proposed by Bill Shuster during his last year in Congress. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — A bottom-up approach to funding a $2 trillion infrastructure package was suggested by Bill Shuster, former chairman of the transportation policy panel in the U.S. House of Representatives, during keynote remarks at an event hosted by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America on May 15.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Self-Driving Shuttle Pulled Over in Rhode Island

Self-Driving Shuttle One of a fleet of self-driving vehicles unveiled by May Mobility at the Quonset Business Park in Rhode Island. (Matt O'Brien/Associated Press)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A self-driving shuttle got pulled over by police on its first day carrying passengers on a new Rhode Island route.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
May 15, 2019
Government, Business

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Sets Rates for Tolls

I-95 toll plaza in Connecticut I-95 toll plaza in Connecticut. (TT file photo)

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, architect of a controversial tolling plan, has offered an idea of what toll rates will look like in a recent letter to the General Assembly. In the letter, published May 9, Lamont revealed that peak rates will be set at 4.4 cents per mile.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 15, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Advances as Shrinking US Gasoline Supply Brightens Outlook

Oil A refinery along the Houston Ship Channel. (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg News)

Oil rose after a government report showed shrinking U.S. gasoline supplies, suggesting more demand ahead for crude as tensions flare in the Middle East.

Alex Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
May 15, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Ports Off to a Strong 2019 Start, but Concern Looms Over Trump Tariffs

Cosco shipping container passes Golden Gate Bridge A Cosco Shipping container ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge on May 14, bound for the Port of Oakland. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Many of the nation’s ports have reported record monthly and quarterly container volumes so far in 2019, but port executives are expressing concern that steeper tariffs on Chinese goods imposed by President Donald Trump could hurt the economy — and their facilities.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 15, 2019
Government, Business

‘Pivotal Moment’ for Infrastructure, Says an Optimistic Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by ARTBA

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told road construction industry executives she is optimistic about the prospects of advancing a comprehensive infrastructure package during the 116th Congress.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019
Government, Business

Experts Discuss Prospect of P3s in Raising Funds for Infrastructure

D.J. Gribbin "Our infrastructure is just not where it has been and not where it needs to be," says D.J. Gribbin, a former special assistant on infrastructure to President Trump. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — The timing for Infrastructure Week provided stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss what is arguably the toughest challenge facing the $2 trillion infrastructure deal President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats struck in April — how to pay for it.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019
Government, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Pilot Program for Young Drivers

Ray Martinez, FMCSA Administrator FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez at the 2018 Management Conference & Exhibition. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate trucks interstate.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019
Government

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Stresses Urgency of Infrastructure Deal

Blumenauer Rep. Earl Blumenauer encouraged listeners at the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors’ annual meeting to contact their congressional representatives to generate interest in infrastructure funding. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — A federal infrastructure funding package is within reach, but lawmakers need to act soon, according to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019

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