US Transportation Policy

US Transportation Policy

07 Apr 2020
A coalition of 80 agricultural shippers is urging the Trump administration to get involved in the detention and demurrage debate now before the Federal Maritime Commission, saying the issue is even more important now amid supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
16 Nov 2016
Rep. Duncan Hunter views PierPass as a model for other ports' efforts to extend gate hours.
10 Nov 2016
Democrats and Republican alike are encouraged that a Trump Administration could inject freight infrastructure with a much-needed funding boost.
07 Oct 2016
For years, ports have pushed to ensure that all Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund collections are used for dredging and not diverted to other uses.
29 Sep 2016
The US House of Representatives’ passage of a water resources bill improves the chances for the ports of Everglades and Charleston gaining federal funding for harbor-deepening projects, but it's still up to legislators to decide whether, or how, to dramatically shake-up how port projects such as those get funded in the first place.
The inability of Congress to empower the Export-Import Bank has allowed foreign countries to gain project cargo market share.
29 Sep 2016
US manufacturers and their supply chain partners are trying to persuade Congress to restore the Export-Import Bank’s ability to finance large US project shipments they say have been lost to other countries.
16 Sep 2016
The US Senate voted Wednesday to end debate on the Water Resources Development Act, setting up final passage for the legislation.
05 Sep 2016
California’s congressional delegation, joined by Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero and labor leaders, urged the federal government Sunday to assist in releasing cargo from Hanjin Shipping vessels.
Among the many issues that Richard Lidinsky sought action on during his time at the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission were charges for demurrage and free time that some shippers viewed as unfair.
04 Aug 2016
Richard Lidinsky shook up the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission during his charged and often controversial seven-year tenure.
03 Aug 2016
With an abbreviated legislative calendar thanks to the upcoming November election and a full slate of bills to work through, Congress will be in a mad dash to get anything, much less a WRDA bill, passed.
The Port of Albany, pictured, will combine the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant with previously committed port and state funding.
01 Aug 2016
The Port of Albany, New York, will use a federal grant to fund a range of improvements.
28 Jul 2016
Shippers and railroads disagree about the merits of a new proposal from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board over so-called “reciprocal” or “competitive” switching.
24 Jun 2016
A new bill introduced in the California legislature aims to spur the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex to revamp its PierPass system.
10 Jun 2016
A U.S. House committee rejected a proposal to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act
Construction on TOTE Maritime's LNG-powered Isla Bella in San Diego.
08 Jun 2016
Shipyard, maritime and labor interests have criticized an Alabama congressman’s proposal to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act’s requirements for U.S.-flag shipping between the island and the U.S. mainland.
31 May 2016
Uncle Sam is seeking input from shippers, transportation providers and others on how to make U.S. ports more competitive.
24 May 2016
Congress is considering stopping the siphoning of funding meant for ports.
19 May 2016
D.C. infrastructure backers and policy experts think part of the answer to the woes of the U.S. freight network is a tax on the transportation cost of goods.
18 May 2016
The U.S. is forced to look elsewhere for funding.
02 May 2016
Marine highways, or container transport via inland and coastal waterways, have had a rough go in the United States, but the U.S. Maritime Administration says it has learned from missteps.
26 Apr 2016
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unveiled a bipartisan waterways bill that could give a boost to efforts to deepen harbors in the U.S. Southeast before the much-anticipated arrival of mega-ships in their waters.
19 Apr 2016
Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said she is committed to working with ports, beneficial cargo owners and transportation providers to improve the global competitiveness of U.S. ports, with the first task being to promote better sharing of transportation data.
15 Apr 2016
In an unsurprising but welcome move for U.S. ports pursuing major harbor deepening projects, both houses of the U.S. Congress this week pushed forward legislation that would exceed White House and congressional targets for port funding.
14 Apr 2016
The U.S. government should concentrate harbor deepening funds on the most important gateways instead of scattering limited resources across multiple projects, said Curtis Foltz, CEO of the Georgia Ports Authority.
11 Apr 2016
A new U.S. Department of Transportation push to promote coastal and inland waterway container services has come despite signs that such efforts have a poor track record.
06 Apr 2016
Federal investment is expected to fall nearly $130 billion short of the investment in land- and waterside infrastructure ports will make over the next five years, according to a survey of members of the top port lobby in the nation.
03 Mar 2016
The largest global container line group is asking the head of the U.S. Coast Guard to clarify its position on the SOLAS container weight mandate after a rear admiral said the rule was a commercial, not a regulatory, matter, an interpretation the World Shipping Council says flies in the face of the rule set to take effect in just 120 days.
02 Mar 2016
The National Industrial Transportation League has named Jennifer Hedrick as executive director, replacing president and CEO Bruce Carlton who is retiring, but will remain involved with the largest U.S. shipper group as a consultant.
26 Feb 2016
Backers of U.S. highway and freight projects looking for a little help from Uncle Sam are eyeing $800 million in federal grants made available Friday through the government’s first-ever program dedicated to speeding up the flow of cargo.
25 Feb 2016
Shippers of agriculture and recycling metal back the potential merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways, while UPS, other major logistics players, elected officials, municipalities, trade groups and chambers of commerce oppose such a deal, according to an analysis of more than 100 letters written to U.S. rail regulators.
23 Feb 2016
U.S. ports and backers of other freight projects have another shot at some help from Uncle Sam to help pay for repair, maintenance and expansion projects, after the U.S. government said Tuesday that $500 million will be available in the latest round of a popular federal grant program.
19 Feb 2016
The federal government has limited ability to fight port congestion, but an advisory committee to the Commerce Department has come up with some ways it can help prevent supply-chain bottlenecks.
17 Feb 2016
Among U.S. ports pursuing major harbor deepening projects, there were decidedly more losers than winners in President Obama’s 2017 budget request unveiled earlier this month. For some, the $4.1 trillion proposal came with a mix of good and bad news. For others, there was no news at all.
09 Feb 2016
The White House’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal unveiled Tuesday once again falls far short of the targets set by legislation President Obama, himself, signed less than two years ago.
02 Feb 2016
U.S. lawmakers are looking into a new way to streamline how the federal government appropriates funds for port development projects, yoking together authorization and appropriation.
14 Jan 2016
An analysis of federal data by the American Trucking Associations shows the truck-related fatality rate dropped in 2014 for the second straight year, and is 40 percent lower than it was a decade ago, despite increased travel by truckers and motorists on U.S. highways.