The addition of new buses to their existing fleet will help make it easier for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to make planned service changes later this summer. DART plans to focus "New Flyer" buses on peak schedule adjustments by straightening out, simplifying and improving access on several routes in and around Dallas beginning August 12.
The 41 new CNG-fueled buses are each 40-ft. long. To date, thirteen New Flyer XN-40 buses have been delivered from St. Cloud, Minneso
Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has introduced H.R. 440, the “Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act,” which would unlock billions in already-collected fees to maintain U.S. ports and harbors. Currently, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (Trust Fund) collects more revenue from shippers than Congress has appropriated to the U.S. Army Corps (Corps) of Engineers to maintain harbors. “Approximately $9.
GATÚN, Panama—An intense drought related to this year’s El Niño phenomenon has precipitously lowered the level of Panama’s Gatún Lake, forcing the country’s Canal Authority to impose draft limits this week on ships moving through the waterway’s recently expanded locks. The restrictions on how deep the vessels can reach below the surface means large ships, primarily from the United States and China, must pass through with less cargo, which translates into lower revenue for the
(Bloomberg) -- A drought has hit the Panama Canal, forcing some limits on the size of vessels that can pass through. This could have a sizable impact on U.S. agricultural shipments to Asia. Almost 8 percent of grain vessels leaving U.S. Gulf export elevators could be impacted, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture data back to January 2018. There are some restrictions on movements of vessels with a draft larger than 13.1 meters (43 feet) effective May 28,
Abundant vessel space and weak transportation rates to and from the United States should not pose a bankruptcy danger to international container ship fleets over the next few years, according to U.S. regulators. During a May 1 meeting at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), which oversees the U.S. international container trades, a top policy analyst at the agency said one reason for that assessment is that vessel utilization is relatively high. “There are not a lot of idle
Apr. 30--In cities across the country, 2018 transit ridership numbers continued to slip as would-be riders turned to other modes of transportation -- namely private vehicles. Public transit ridership declined to a level not seen since 2006, according to statistics compiled by the American Public Transportation Association, falling 2 percent compared to 2017 levels. The drop marks a trend that started in 2015, following a banner year in 2014, when ridership reached 10.8 billio
Economist Dr. Stuart Greenfield notes that “this policy would increase taxes for 80 percent of Texas households, reducing taxes only for those with income above $146,000” For the last decade, conservative groups have actively campaigned to replace the state’s property tax with an increased sales tax. On April 10, the state’s troika announced that legislation would be introduced to ask voters to approve increasing the state’s sales tax by one percentage point to 7.25 percent.
Several sectors including Construction, Wholesale and Retail Trade, and Other Services will find their total sales and property taxes increasing A former colleague suggested that I might also look at how the sales tax – property tax swap would affect the distribution of taxes among business sectors. As noted in my previous analysis, eighty percent of Texas households would find the increase in sales tax they paid would exceed the reduced property taxes. Only those with inco
Chairman Dutton puts Speaker Bonnen momentarily on the spot, making fleeting reference to the way Bonnen moved to end the nastiest debate of the 2017 session. As the Texas House was nearing the end of Tuesday’s property tax debate on Senate Bill 2, Chairman Harold Dutton, D-Houston, made reference to an unconventional procedural move that has been previously used – perhaps only once – to end floor discussion when party-line votes had become a pattern. Rep. Dutton asked Speake
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has quietly formed a twelve-member Senate working group to explore alternatives to pay for floundering property tax legislation important to Patrick, speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, and Governor Greg Abbott. In public, the three are plowing ahead with a one-penny sales tax hike designed to pay for a tax swap to lower property taxes. But, in private, most senators have already acknowledged that the votes simply aren’t there to raise the sale