Transportation Policy

Transportation Policy

Commentary

The last two surface transportation authorization laws, President Obama’s recent surface transportation proposal and other plans to use one-time revenues to prop up the Highway Trust Fund have one thing in common: They all left or would leave the HTF in worse financial health after the bill expires than it was in before the bill was enacted.

News & Analysis

03 May 2015
Senate appropriators last year derailed Congress’ attempt to give U.S. ports the $1.2 billion for maintenance dredging and berth work — as set by the Water Resources Reform Development Act — by coming up $100 million short for fiscal year 2015.
harbor truckers at Port of Long Beach
30 Apr 2015
The picketing by independent harbor truckers serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach got some attention in Congress after a congresswoman on Wednesday highlighted their efforts and asked whether the federal government could come to their aid.
Evergreen container ship in Port of Los Angeles
30 Apr 2015
The Federal Maritime Commission is helping to lead the charge to fight port congestion and to improve the competitiveness of U.S. ports.
29 Apr 2015
Planned container-on-barge services on the Mississippi River system and between marine terminals in New Jersey and New York have won designation by the U.S. Maritime Administration as part of Marad’s marine highway initiative.
highway work
23 Apr 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Trucking Associations is increasingly optimistic a long-term highway bill will pass this year, following another short-term funding extension.
08 Apr 2015
The U.S. and India on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the exchange of technical information and best practices relating to land and water transportation systems.
08 Apr 2015
The new head of the Brazilian Ports Ministry on Tuesday promised more investment in the nation’s ports and floated the idea of awarding longer dredging project contracts to get work done faster.
03 Apr 2015
U.S. ports and backers of other freight projects are getting another shot at getting some help from Uncle Sam to pay for repair and maintenance work and expansion projects, thanks to the announcement of the latest round of a popular federal infrastructure grant program.
01 Apr 2015
Despite the growing risk of cyberattacks to the maritime industry, there is no international or U.S. framework for how ports and carriers can protect themselves and/or respond it they are infiltrated. The Coast Guard plans to help change that.
31 Mar 2015
In 20 years as head of United Arab Shipping Co.’s North American business, Anil Jay Vitarana saw growth in ship sizes and container volume. But he says one thing hasn’t changed: Carriers’ profitability remains too low to ensure needed investment and to attract bright young people.