US Transportation Policy

US Transportation Policy

12 Sep 2014
Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., has proposed legislation that would use federal funding to test whether 100 percent container scanning is feasible at two U.S. ports.
dredging at Port of Oakland
30 May 2014
Congressional appropriators, or those with the purse strings, aren’t bound to follow the guidance set forth by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign into law.
27 May 2014
U.S. shippers and freight brokers would have to ensure trucking companies are registered with federal authorities, have adequate insurance and have a “satisfactory” or “conditional” safety rating before hiring or contracting them, under legislation unveiled last week in the House of Representatives.
23 May 2014
The Senate’s vote for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act has sent the long-delayed port and waterway bill to President Obama for his likely signature.
16 May 2014
WASHINGTON — Soon-to-be enacted U.S. port legislation will inject a modicum of fairness into a port funding program that has split the industry since the Harbor Maintenance Tax was created in 1986. The result is a big win for West Coast ports that have seen billions in taxes collected from their imports support competitor ports.
16 May 2014
WASHINGTON — It’s finally happened. Senate and House leaders have reached an agreement on long-delayed legislation that would authorize major port and inland waterway projects, speed up port deepening work and reform the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. In other words, Congress is addressing some of shippers and transportation provider’s major concerns, including a lack of equity for donor ports and the diversion of Harbor Maintenance Tax dollars from ports.
14 May 2014
WASHINGTON — There’s plenty of bad news coming from Washington when it comes to long-term highway funding. With the federal Highway Trust Fund, the main engine of highway construction, set to dry up as soon as late August, states are already shelving long-term projects. In other words, trucking companies shouldn’t expect any relief to congestion, even if there is still enough money to fill potholes left by the brutal winter.
12 May 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government will likely be required to send back to the ports all proceeds from the Harbor Maintenance Tax under soon-to-be-enacted legislation, eventually resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars per year in federal money flowing back to seaports.
09 May 2014
WASHINGTON — Long-delayed legislation agreed to by House and Senate leaders yesterday will allow U.S. ports to take on deepening projects without congressional approval and obtain federal reimbursement later.
30 Apr 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in Chicago last week it’s “plausible” that Congress will reform the nation’s corporate tax system by the end of the year, giving President Barack Obama the $150 billion he needs for his four-year, $302 billion transportation plan.
29 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — Long-delayed U.S.
Canadian and U.S. flags
24 Apr 2014
CHICAGO — The Canadian ambassador to the U.S. yesterday said the United States should use all of its harbor maintenance taxes for U.S. port work and shouldn’t impose a fee on U.S.-bound containers coming through Mexican and Canadian ports.