Gateway Rail Services acquires Granite City Passenger Terminal

With its recent acquisition of Granite City Passenger Terminal, St. Louis-based Gateway Rail Services will be able to offer even more services to its rail passengers, Gateway said on Monday. The Granite City Terminal is a warehouse and railcar storage facility situated near Granite City, Illinois. It has been set up to be used as a short- or long-term storage facility and is equipped with electricity and other utilities. It also features a 75,000-square-foot warehouse space and has been opera Read More »

Heritage Foundation report says federal government should limit role in funding highway projects

A recent Heritage Foundation report says the federal government should minimize its role in transportation spending and enable individual states to invest in their own transportation needs. Monies in the Highway Trust Fund are drying up and if Congress does not add to the fund by a May 31 deadline the fund will go insolvent by late July, the report stated. Read More »

U.S. Senate to debate transportation funding bill in June

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said on Wednesday that the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee will hold a mark-up session in June for a transportation reauthorization bill. The bill would be in effect for six years and provide a long-term solution as Congress continues the debate over funding mechanisms. Read More »

Metro board slates public hearing on 2016 budget

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board said Wednesday it will host a public hearing to discuss its proposed $5.56 billion budget for 2016 fiscal year. The public meeting will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Metro headquarters building at One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor Board Room, Los Angeles, California. Read More »

American Trucking Associations calls on Congress to pass short-term highway patch

Leaders from American Trucking Associations called on Congress this week to pass a short extension of the federal highway program while continuing to focus on a long-term bill. “The trucking industry moves nearly 70 percent of our nation’s freight tonnage and pays for nearly half of the Highway Trust Fund, so we have a lot of skin in this game,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. Read More »

Tennessee group urges state to address infrastructure 'crisis'

The Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance (TIA) said on Wednesday that the state is facing a growing problem of needed infrastructure projects piling up that lack funding.Some analysts have estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion would be needed to begin tackling some of the road projects across the state. Tennessee's infrastructure projects are supported by state fuel taxes that have not been adjusted since 1989. Read More »

Local, federal officials break ground on new Orlando bus line

Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan joined other Orlando officials on Thursday to break ground at the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority LYNX LYMMO bus rapid transit (BRT) line. The new line will improve the connections and options that commuters have to existing transit services located within the Orlando region, helping to reduce traffic and expanding commuters' access to the city. Read More »

Coalition files federal suit alleging new tank-car safety rule lacking

In response to the recent derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a group made up of representatives from conservation and citizens' groups has sued the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), alleging new safety standards for oil trains recently set by the DOT fail to protect the public. On May 1, the DOT unveiled its final tank-car safety rule, and a week later, a train hauling crude oil burst into flames near Heimdal, North Dakota. Read More »

Swift's shareholders again back Teamsters' stock-structure revamp plan

The Teamsters said on Thursday that they recently won majority support from Swift Transportation shareholders for the union's proposal to require that the company’s board replace its current dual-class stock structure with a one-share, one-vote system. The Teamsters' proposal was endorsed by Swift shareholders at the company’s 2015 annual meeting on May 8, with the plan receiving 82 percent support from Class A shareholders, up 3 percent from a year earlier. Read More »

Two House leaders tout plan for short Highway Trust Fund extension

U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a statement on Friday concerning legislation that was recently introduced to extend federal surface-transportation funding for two months. Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, are concerned about the impending expiration of Highway Trust Fund authorization. Read More »