US Transportation Policy

Weekly wrap-up for July 5, 2014
05 Jul 2014
Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated the news this past week, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continued negotiations toward a new contract.
11 Apr 2014
A national standard of care is needed to give freight brokers guidelines on how to use federal CSA safety data when contracting carriers, the Transportation Intermediaries Association says.
U.S. Capitol
11 Apr 2014
Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and David Vitter, R-La., are calling for a six-year transportation bill that would maintain current spending levels but adjust for inflation, while drawing funding from tax reform — not higher fuels taxes.
10 Apr 2014
Bulk rail shippers ranging from agriculture to coal producers told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board today that poor rail service must be solved before their business suffers even more.
10 Apr 2014
U.S. shippers in the coming weeks will engage in a full-court press on Capitol Hill and at the White House to voice the importance of preventing labor disruption at West Coast ports as the expiration of the current coastwise longshore agreement approaches.
10 Apr 2014
The Senate yesterday confirmed President Obama’s nomination to the Surface Transportation Board, thrusting Debra Miller into the rail regulatory agency as it grapples with a myriad of issues.
08 Apr 2014
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood doesn’t have much faith in Congress getting it act together soon to pass a surface transportation bill.
02 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S House yesterday unanimously approved legislation aimed at reforming the Federal Maritime Commission and require the Maritime Administration to create a National Maritime Strategy.
27 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House subcommittee yesterday accused the Obama administration of underfunding port and inland waterway projects through its proposed fiscal 2015 budget.
27 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Canada Transport Minister Lisa Raitt sharply criticized proposed U.S. legislation that would tax cargo entering the U.S. from Canadian ports, saying the Senate and House bills would harm trade relations between the two countries if passed.
24 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner who cast the lone vote against the P3 network last week called it an “alliance in name only” in which the controlling carrier, Maersk Line, can virtually “paint the other parties’ ships light blue.”
20 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — The federal government is on track to free up trust fund dollars for inland waterway improvements other than a long-delayed, grossly over-budget project that has soaked up much needed funding.

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