Trump, Congressional Democrats agree on $2 trillion infrastructure package

From Transport Topics. After a private meeting at the White House on April 30, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that Democrats had reached an agreement with President Donald Trump on a $2 trillion infrastructure measure. “Building [the] infrastructure of America has never been a partisan issue […]

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MTAC submits testimony on transportation funding legislation

This week, MTAC president Joe Sculley submitted testimony in support of SB 1121, an act concerning Prioritize Progress. The bill is an alternative to using tolls to fund transportation in Connecticut, which would instead prioritize the use of Special Transportation Bonds, and General Obligation bonds. In Sculley’s testimony, he outlined how the bipartisan budget passed […]

News & insights from MTAC partner Wilson Elser

The April 2019 issue of The Hub: Transportation News & Insights looks at four trending topics: The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of independent contractors/ owner operators; an examination of how duck boat owners avoided seeking limitation in an attempt to limit potential exposure to punitive damages; new FAA Regulations for drones; and […]

NYC Council passes bill banning pre-employment marijuana drug testing

From MTAC partner Wilson Elser. On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council enacted a bill banning pre-employment testing for marijuana use. The bill passed on a 41−4 vote and is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The City Council’s bill prohibits New York City employers from requiring a prospective employee […]

Builders, trades, launch new ad to push for tolls on Connecticut highways

From CT Mirror. A coalition of construction businesses and trades launched a new television and online advertising campaign Tuesday that makes a pitch for electronic tolling to refinance a critical rebuild of Connecticut’s highways, bridges and rail lines. First established last spring to support tolls, the Move CT Forward coalition is renewing its efforts as […]

Lamont looking to borrow against future toll revenues

Excerpt from Associated Press. Drajewicz, state Treasurer Shawn Wooden and others have also been meeting with experts on public private partnerships to see if there’s an opportunity for Connecticut to work with a private entity to develop tolls. However, there’s skepticism at the state Capitol about whether Connecticut should follow the privatization route that some […]

FMCSA approves alternate cargo securement methods for certain agricultural commodities

From Overdrive Online. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced in a Federal Register notice published April 15 that truck drivers hauling certain agricultural commodities can now use alternate methods for cargo securement. FMCSA granted the waiver to the American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, which requested the exemption in January 2018. The […]

Speaker Pelosi eyes as much as $2 Trillion for infrastructure

From Transport Topics. On April 4, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dialed up the president and requested a meeting. She talked to Donald Trump about working together on an infrastructure package. It was the first phone call between the two since the testy days of the government shutdown earlier this year, and it seemed productive. They […]

FMCSA, NHTSA should study side underride guards, GAO says

From Transport Topics. A federal government watchdog study has recommended that federal regulators take steps to collect better data on underride guard crashes and share information with police departments in identifying underride crashes. “Although reported underride crash fatalities represent a small percentage of total traffic fatalities, they present a greater risk of fatalities or serious […]

Crash not your fault? FMCSA: Soon it will not hurt CSA score

From Transport Topics. Beginning in August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to make permanent a demonstration program that allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as “not preventable” in Compliance, Safety Accountability program scores. “Based on positive feedback from industry stakeholders, the department will propose to […]