During a luncheon speech hosted by the International Aviation Club on May 24, Daniel Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, reflected on the challenges posed by "funding issues" within the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 now out of committee and heading towards a full vote by Congress, as well as how "the era of red tape strangling good ideas" needs to end. "I'll be the first to admit: the debate around the FAA's latest reauthorization didn't go
The Federal Highway Administration is formally repealing a final rule that added tailpipe carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions measurement requirements to highway performance assessments. Known as the "greenhouse gas" or "GHG" measure, the rule would have mandated state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to measure the percent change in CO2 emissions as part of assessments required by the National Highway Performance Program. FHWA said repealing t
The Trump administration's long-threatened imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union went into effect at midnight on May 31 – a move that is hiking construction costs for state departments of transportation across the country, especially for steel-intensive bridge projects, while also potentially forcing a redirection of funds away from future endeavors. "The reality is we have a fixed source of federal funding, so as our
Rhode Island is only tolling Class 8 vehicles and above. The first two toll locations begin tolling Monday, June 11. Truck drivers traveling through Rhode Island will begin receiving bills for two toll locations beginning Monday, June 11. Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. said in a press conference Tuesday the two locations are expected to raise $7.2 million per year. A total of 14 toll locations are planned, and Alviti said RIDOT expects con
Freightliner Trucks on Wednesday tossed its hat into the electric heavy truck ring, debuting two fully electric commercial trucks during the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day in Portland, Ore. The Freightliner eCascadia features up to 730 peak horsepower. Its batteries provide 550 kilowatt hours (kWh) of usable capacity, which translates to a range of up to 250 miles with the ability to charge up to 80 percent – providing a range of 200 miles – in about 90 minu
The Port of Savannah moved 356,700 twenty-foot equivalent container units in April, an increase of 7.1 percent and the most ever handled at the port in April. A bill in Congress would approve additional funding to deepen the harbor. U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, who represents the Third District, including Coweta County, serves on the committee that moved forward a bill worth $49 million for the Savannah port expansion. The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee un
The Virginia Port Authority has received the green light on $350 million for a dredging project to deepen its harbor from 50 feet to 55 feet by 2024, with the aim of being able to handle up to 19,000-TEU ships transiting through the Suez Canal. The state budget was hammered out by lawmakers in a special session and sent to Gov. Ralph Northam on May 30. The final document includes $20 million in design funds and authorization to issue $330 million in state-back bonds to pay fo
The number of electric vehicles on the road worldwide is set to triple by the end of the decade. The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast that, given current policies around the world, 13 million electric vehicles will be on the road in 2020, compared with 3.7 million just last year. Sales could increase 24 percent year-over-year through 2030. “The policy-driven growth in [electric vehicle] sales underpins economies of scale and fosters technology developmen
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday issued a final rule that describes new procedures aimed at spurring private participation and investment in transit projects.
The Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) will help grantees identify FTA regulations, practices, procedures or guidance that may impede the use of a public-private partnership or private investment in a project, according to an FTA press release.
Under the rule, the FTA administrator would
U.S. railroads moved 565,502 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending May 26, marking a 4.4 percent increase over the same week last year.
Total carloads ticked up 3 percent to 273,226 units during Week 21, while intermodal traffic grew 5.8 percent to 292,276 containers and trailers, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data.
Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week