Rep. Earl Blumenauer's bill would set up a Road Usage Fee Pilot Program.
Highways, Bridges and Roads
A bill filed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) would gradually eliminate federal funding of transportation projects.
The measure, which has been dubbed the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), would lower the gas tax that currently pays for most federal transportation projects from 18.4 cents-per-gallon to 3.7 cents in five years.
During the same time period, the bill would transfer authority over federal highways and transit programs to states and replace current congressional appropriations with block grants.
Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are reviving a push to create a national infrastructure funding bank in a new bill he unveiled on Thursday.
Warner and Blunt's bill would create a "infrastructure financing authority" that would receive $10 billion in initial funding, his office said.
The infrastructure funding would be used as leverage to lure private sector investments that could reap as much as $300 billion in new transportation projects, according to Warner's office.
Advocates for road and transit projects are contending that their visions for increased funding were ratified by voters in last week’s elections.
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARBTA) said that almost all of the referenda that were on ballots across the country last Tuesday were successful.
The entire congressional delegation from Arkansas has proposed legislation that would let trucking companies run random drug tests on the hair of their drivers, a move members of Congress and companies say would help make America's highways safer...
Advocates of expanding tolling on U.S. highways are cheering a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court that private-public partnerships can include tolls.
A group of Virginia residents had challenged the inclusion of tolls on a pair of tunnel projects in Norfolk, Va., arguing that the tolls were really a tax that should only be levied by the state government.
A panel that was created by lawmakers to issue suggestions about improving the U.S. freight transportation system is recommending that lawmakers approve more funding for roads and highways.
The House Special Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation issued its findings on Tuesday after holding six hearings with shipping industry stakeholders in places like California, Tennessee, New York and Norfolk, Va.
The panel, which was created earlier this year by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said it was critical for lawmakers to address a $20 billion shortfall in surface transportation that will be facing lawmakers again next year.
"The panel found that the current state of highway infrastructure does not adequately serve the needs of those moving goods across the nation," the report says. "Not every community is located adjacent to a railroad, airport, waterway, or port, but a consumer good is almost invariably transported along the nation’s four million miles of highways and roads for at least part of its journey."
A plan by truckers to protest the Obama administration by backing up the Capital Beltway got off to a sluggish start on Friday, according to The Washington Post.
The paper reported that about 30 tractor-trailer and pickup trucks were spotted on the 64-mile highway that encircles Washington, D.C., on Friday morning. The trucks were traveling with the speed of traffic, driving about 40-45 miles per hour, according to the paper.
Organizers of the protest, a conservative group called "Truckers for the Constitution," had said earlier this week that the expected "a few thousand truckers” to drive their vehicles to Washington over the weekend.
A Truckers for the Constitution organizer expects "a few thousand truckers” to drive their vehicles to Washington over the weekend.
Trucker Earl Conlon said the threat to clog the highway was intended to "stir the feather of the mainstream media."