highways

Fuel-tax hike for highway funding eyed in Senate finance committee

A plan to keep federal highway funding solvent through December no longer includes a hike in the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax hike, but has been amended to increase the fuel tax.

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Fuel tax hike proposed in Senate to shore up highway funding

A proposal in the Senate is pursing the oft-cited and trucking-backed solution for shoring up the Highway Trust Fund: an increase in the tax on diesel and gasoline at the pump.

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House bill would nix gas tax, add tax to crude oil, index diesel tax to fuel economy

As the Highway Trust Fund's insolvency looms, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has introduced a highway funding plan that would repeal the federal gas tax in favor of other funding options, like taxing oil barrels and indexing the diesel tax to inflation and fleet fuel economy.

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I-15 to be bottlenecked in Calif. until December

As part of the Interstate 15 Cajon Pass Rehabilitation Project, northbound lanes on I-15 from Highway 138 to Oak Hill Road will be reduced down to four lanes until December 2014, save for July 4th weekend.  Crews will be re-striping lanes on the I-15 converting the five-lane stretch to four lanes to maintain shoulder access for emergency responders. Traffic re-striping is taking place this week, and construction will be done overnight between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.  The ...

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California considering replacing fuel tax with mileage tax

California could become the third West Coast state to test the feasibility of replacing state fuel excise tax with a vehicle-miles-traveled fee.

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I-495 in Delaware closes indefinitely at Christina River bridge

Supports for the I-495 bridge over the Christiana River in Delaware today were discovered to be tilting. Delaware Department of Transportation made the decision to close both north- and southbound lanes of 495 were closed at 6 p.m. today.

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Ray Lahood: Raise the fuel tax to return nation to ‘envy of the world’ on infrastructure

Speaking to attendees of the ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., former United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood made a case for raising the federal fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon and indexing the level to inflation going forward.

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Senate committee passes six-year MAP-21 extension bill unanimously

The Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee made quick work of the highway reauthorization bill it unveiled just this week, passing the six-year plan unanimously Thursday, May 15.

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Senate highway bill would extend MAP-21 six years, bill low on trucking provisions

Not wanting to mess with success, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee delivered the policy portion of a six-year surface transportation reauthorization late Monday.

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Bill could require carriers to pay drivers for detention time

The Obama administration's highway bill provisions include driver compensation reform, including a requirement that carriers pay drivers for time spent on-duty but not driving.

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