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Shuster, LoBiondo Unveil FAA Bill That Would Create New Air Traffic Entity

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., unveiled legislation that would pull air traffic control out of the hands of the Federal Aviation Administration and give it to a nonprofit corporation largely controlled ...

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February 05, 2016


Obama Proposes Oil Tax for Highway Trust Fund, ‘Clean Transportation’ Investments

President Obama in his 2017 budget request will propose phasing in a $10 per barrel tax on oil, and use the revenue to cover long-term revenue needs of the Highway Trust Fund and to increase spending on "clean transportation" systems including mass transit, higher-speed passenger rail and ...

February 05, 2016


Some Large Freight Railroads, Commuter Lines Say They Won’t Meet Safety Deadline

Three of the largest freight railroads operating in the United States and four commuter services have notified the Federal Railroad Administration that they will not meet the 2018 federal deadline to deploy crash-prevention systems known as positive train control, the AP reported.

February 05, 2016



Rail Committee’s Legislative Conference Comes as New Law Sets Policies, Funding

The Association's Standing Committee on Rail Transportation will hold its annual Washington, D.C., Legislative Meeting at mid-month, as officials from state departments of transportation meet with industry partners and hear from senior officials at federal agencies.

February 05, 2016



CBO Sees Threat to Highway Trust Fund Solvency in 2021, $108B Deficit by 2026

The Congressional Budget Office, in a new 10-year estimate of Highway Trust Fund spending and revenue, projects the country's principal infrastructure investment stream will run dry in 2021 and unless Congress provides more funding it could rack up a $108 billion cumulative deficit through 2026.

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February 05, 2016


NRF’s Shay Chides ILA, Maritime Alliance Over One-Day Walkout by NY Port Workers

A daylong walkout Jan. 29 by container terminal longshoremen at the Port of New York and New Jersey disrupted both marine dock activity and cargo truck movements throughout the area, and triggered alarm by freight shippers at the National Retail Federation.

February 05, 2016


DOE: $58M for Advanced Vehicle Projects

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said his department will provide more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements, most of which will be awarded after a solicitation of cost-shared projects.

February 05, 2016


DOE, New Mexico Finalize Settlements That Include $34M to Repair State Roads

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive $34 million to repair some state roads, after the state and the U.S. Department of Energy finalized $74 million in settlement agreements related to a February 2014 leak of radioactive material.

February 05, 2016


USDOT Launches 50th Anniversary Year

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was joined Feb. 3 by six of the department's past CEOs in a celebration marking the start of a yearlong commemoration of its 50th anniversary.

February 05, 2016



Dalrymple Orders North Dakota Agencies to Trim Budgets as Oil Crunch Hits Revenue

Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered government agencies to reduce their planned spending to help close a $1 billion state budget shortfall, the AP reported, as revenues shrink amid falling oil prices and a decline in oil drilling in the nation's second-largest producing state.

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February 05, 2016


Fallin Proposes Budget That Would Cut Some Appropriations for Oklahoma DOT

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and most other state agencies would see their fiscal 2017 state discretionary appropriations cut by 6 percent amid falling receipts from oil and natural gas output, under a budget proposed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

February 05, 2016


Pence, Concession Holder Unveil $200M Upgrade for Section of Indiana Toll Road

The company that operates the Indiana Toll Road on lease from the state said it plans to start a $200 million upgrade of 73 miles of the turnpike next month, in a project that will last through 2017.

February 05, 2016


Colorado Implements Snow Plow Monitoring for Public Tracking, Fleet Management

The Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled a new monitoring system that lets the public see where snow plows are working and which areas have been plowed, so they can better plan their trips during snow storms.

February 05, 2016


After Dry Years for Arizona, El Niño Storms Keep ADOT Crews Busy Fixing Potholes

While states along the Eastern Seaboard were digging out from late January's "Snowzilla" monster snowstorm, in the Southwest the Arizona Department of Transportation warned that this winter's El Niño-fueled storms in that state are leaving ADOT and drivers facing lots of extra potholes.

February 05, 2016


Idaho DOT Builds New Osprey Housing to Enables Inspections of Dent Bridge

The Idaho Department of Transportation found itself caught between requirements to inspect overhead suspension cable saddles on the 1,500-foot-long Dent Bridge north of Orofino and the need to safeguard federally protected osprey that had been nesting at points that would prevent inspections.

February 05, 2016


ALDOT Bridge Slide Beats Expectations

The Alabama Department of Transportation set out to save months of traffic disruptions when replacing the first of two roadway bridges along SR 210 in Dothan, with plans to use the state's first bridge slide construction project that would close part of the road for just seven days.

February 05, 2016

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer

MARIO OLIVERO, Staff Photographer

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