With the year coming to a close with no end in sight to the delays at West Coast ports, pressure is building for the federal government to intervene in stalled negotiations between longshoremen and employers that are blamed for at least of the congestion.
US Transportation Policy
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United States Environmental Protection Agency Honors Coalition for Responsible Transportation Members
Menlo's Carl R. Fowler Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness
15 Dec 2014
U.S. ports and other major freight links in supply chains are poised to get less help from Uncle Sam next year after Congress reduced funding for a popular grant program by $100 million.
11 Dec 2014
A massive federal spending bill is poised to get U.S. port funding closer to a set schedule over the next decade but will still come short of the target.
05 Dec 2014
The heads of the two largest U.S. ports said it is time for President Obama to pressure the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to end the contract impasse that is crippling West Coast ports and is threatening the nation’s economy.
04 Dec 2014
President Obama on Wednesday severely downplayed the chances of hiking the federal fuel tax to provide more stable surface transportation funding.
21 Nov 2014
U.S. retailers today expressed their disappointment that coastwide U.S. West Coast port labor talks won’t begin until early December and reiterated their call for President Obama to get involved.
19 Nov 2014
Amid pleas of major shippers for a federal mediator, President Obama says he's confident U.S. West Coast longshoremen and waterfront employers can reach a labor contract.
18 Nov 2014
Washington D.C. politics is the most gridlocked it's been in 40 years, providing little hope for freight-related legislation, said Bruce Carlton, president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, a major U.S. shipper group.
14 Nov 2014
Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren is pressuring the Obama administration to help prevent a potential U.S. West Coast port strike and has invited his friend and Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon to help.
12 Nov 2014
The U.S. Maritime Administration today released the first phase of a manual aimed at helping port authorities plan and fund port infrastructure improvements.
10 Nov 2014
SEATTLE — Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Monday pledged to continue working to ensure the ports of Seattle and Tacoma get a fairer share of U.S. federal funding and don't lose U.S.-bound cargo to Canadian ports by pushing for an alternative funding source to the Harbor Maintenance Tax.
07 Nov 2014
The Maritime Administration has extended its Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement program, which provides the U.S. military with assured access to commercial sealift and intermodal capacity, until Oct. 1, 2019.