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

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.
20 Mar 2015
If passed, a reintroduced U.S. Senate bill could help shippers gain faster relief from railroads, both in terms of service and rate challenges.
17 Mar 2015
The trek toward full funding of for U.S. ports can look a lot like one step forward and two steps back.
17 Mar 2015
In an attempt to reduce port bottlenecks, the Narendra Modi-led Indian government has approved a special state-aid scheme for the construction of new infrastructure suitable for handling coastal vessels at publicly owned major ports.
16 Mar 2015
A coalition of road builders and highway users struck out against the idea of “devolving” responsibility for su
16 Mar 2015
After months of petitioning the Brazilian government, Santos Brasil, South America’s biggest container terminal operator, has received a 25-year concession contract extension for its Tecon Santos facility, Edinho Araujo, the head of Brazil’s Special Ports Ministry (SEP), recently said.
11 Mar 2015
After a banner year for freight and an unexpected tax revenue boost, U.S. inland waterways could see shovels in the ground on a list of long-overdue projects in the coming year, helping shippers move their commodities more efficiently.
03 Mar 2015
The third-ranking Senate Republican on Tuesday floated the idea of putting unionized port employees under the purview of the Railway Labor Act, a move proponents say would prevent longshore labor showdowns like those seen seen on the U.S West Coast in recent months.
25 Feb 2015
The Obama administration is discussing a plan that U.S.-flag carriers fear will further reduce their ability to carry food aid shipments financed by government agencies.
25 Feb 2015
Merely suggesting that U.S. domestic ships might be built overseas is enough to jeopardize U.S. orders for ships in Jones Act trades, U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen told a congressional budget hearing Wednesday.