Highway & Transportation

First Page of 19 Last Show per page, 364 total
Headline

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

October 20, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

NATSO and the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates on Oct. 20 blasted the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for soliciting state participation in a failed federal tolling pilot program arguing that tolls harms businesses and local communities.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Digital Billboard Case

October 18, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Digital Billboard Case

The Supreme Court on Oct. 16 declined to hear an outdoors group's case against the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding guidelines on digital billboards. The denial ends a four-year legal battle by Scenic America to terminate guidance to the Federal Highway Administration’s field offices on how to evaluate state plans for digital billboards on Interstate Highways.

House T&I Committee Chairman Shuster Supports Private Financing of Infrastructure at Hearing

October 12, 2017

House T&I Committee Chairman Shuster Supports Private Financing of Infrastructure at Hearing

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) strongly advocated for private financing as a means of funding infrastructure projects during a Subcommittee hearing Oct. 11, demonstrating a willingness to support policies that would lead to the commercialization of Interstate rest areas and threaten the truckstop and travel plaza industry. During a House Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing to explore solutions for boosting infrastructure investment and stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund, Rep. Shuster spoke positively about Connecticut's decision to allow a private company to lease its on-highway travel plazas to finance upgrades to the facilities as well as Australia’s asset recycling program, which funds new infrastructure and revitalizes existing infrastructure through the sale or lease of public assets.

Senate Committee Approves Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Sans Truck Policy

October 4, 2017

Senate Committee Approves Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Sans Truck Policy

The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee unanimously approved self-driving vehicle legislation Oct. 4. The legislation passed without regulation for commercial trucks after Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) withdrew his amendment that would have modified S. 1885, the American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advacement of Revolutionary Technologies Act so that it would apply to commercial trucks.

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

September 25, 2017

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the second phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill.

House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

September 18, 2017

House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 211-198 on Sept. 14 in favor of $1.2 trillion fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes several provisions of interest to the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

September 14, 2017

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing Sept. 13 to explore automated vehicle technology for commercial trucks – including testing and deployment challenges as compared with highly-automated vehicles. Of interest to NATSO members, the hearing focused on whether separate standards should be required for highly-automated passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, and the potential employment challenges autonomous technology will have on the trucking industry. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on Sept. 8 released draft legislation on self-driving vehicles. Currently, the Thune-Peters draft legislation does not include regulations for commercial trucks.

 House Opens Debate on Spending Bill; Includes Amendments to Prohibit Tolls

September 7, 2017

House Opens Debate on Spending Bill; Includes Amendments to Prohibit Tolls

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 6 opened debate on the chamber’s consideration of a fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package. Of importance to NATSO members are two amendments that would prohibit the use of federal funds to collect tolls on Interstates.

President Signs Order to Speed Up Infrastructure Approval Process

August 16, 2017

President Signs Order to Speed Up Infrastructure Approval Process

President Trump on Aug. 15 signed an executive order that set a two-year goal for the federal government to complete the permitting process for infrastructure projects.

NATSO Details Ill Effects of Commercial Rest Areas for Independent Journal Review

August 9, 2017

NATSO Details Ill Effects of Commercial Rest Areas for Independent Journal Review

Businesses have invested heavily in real estate off interstate exits and allowing states to flip highway policy on its head and permit commercial rest areas after more than 50 years of established rules would devastate, truckstops, fuel retailers, convenience stores, hotel and blind vendors, NATSO told the Independent Journal Review in a recent interview.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

August 8, 2017

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) on Aug. 8 urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to hold New York state accountable for its violation of the federal law prohibiting commercial rest areas.

DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

August 7, 2017

DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

Two agencies within the Department of Transportation announced Aug. 4 that they will no longer pursue a regulation concerning obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), determining that current safety programs and other rules addressing fatigue are more appropriate avenues.

House Democrats Urge DOT to Reconsider Changes to Infrastructure Grant Program

July 27, 2017

House Democrats Urge DOT to Reconsider Changes to Infrastructure Grant Program

Thirteen Democratic Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao July 27 to reconsider DOT’s approach to the infrastructure grant program known as INFRA, arguing that recent revisions distort the objectives of the program and rewrite Congressional intent.

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

July 25, 2017

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including liberalizing the definition of "vending machine," threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses that currently operate near the interstate exit interchanges, NATSO said in comments filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) July 24.

Senate to Shift Focus to Infrastructure Following Health Care Collapse

July 19, 2017

Senate to Shift Focus to Infrastructure Following Health Care Collapse

Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters July 18 that the Senate will move on to comprehensive tax reform and infrastructure following the collapse of the GOP’s repeal-and-replace health care plan.

Arkansas Mandates Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

July 13, 2017

Arkansas Mandates Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

Effective July 31, Arkansas drivers with a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) are required to complete a course teaching them how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking under a new law signed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

July 11, 2017

Federal Highway Administration Releases National Coalition on Truck Parking Activity Report

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Coalition on Truck Parking released its 2015-2016 activity report detailing ideas put forth for expanding truck parking nationwide during a series of regional truck parking stakeholder meetings held last year.

FHWA Blocks Commercialization of Signs on the Public Right of Way

July 7, 2017

FHWA Blocks Commercialization of Signs on the Public Right of Way

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently rejected a request from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to display commercial logos on electronic message signs, confirming an earlier ruling by the agency not to allow advertising on highway signs.

Massive Infrastructure Bill Could Slip Into 2018

June 30, 2017

Massive Infrastructure Bill Could Slip Into 2018

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said Congressional work on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package may be pushed until early next year as lawmakers focus on healthcare and tax reform and a bevy of other must-pass bills in the coming months.

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

June 23, 2017

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

The Supreme Court earlier this month denied a petition by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to review a lower court’s denial of the trade group’s challenge to the Department of Transportation’s rule mandating electronic logging devices in commercial trucks.

First Page of 19 Last Show per page, 364 total