June 25, 2015 — The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Bill. The bill continues the suspension of the hours-of-service restart restrictions. It also includes an amendment from Senator Shelby that would allow the use of twin 33-foot trailers. See the provision here.
June 25, 2015 — Senators Cantwell, Booker, Murray and Markey have introduced the National Multimodal Freight Investment Act, a six-year bill that includes multiple provisions that will benefit the intermodal industry. See the text here.
June 23, 2015 — The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has introduced the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE Act), a six-year highway reauthorization bill which includes a national freight program and recognition of and funding for intermodal connectors as part of the Primary Highway Freight System. Read a summary of the bill here.
June 5, 2015 — DOT Under Secretary Peter Rogoff has announced that the Department would not be recommending any changes to truck size-and-weight laws. In releasing the congressionally mandated study, he cited data limitations in the technical reports which looked at the broad impact of different truck configurations, including twin 33-foot trailers. For more information click here.
June 5, 2015 — Commissioners from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle voted to submit a final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission for approval of the Northwest Seaport Alliance. The pact will unify the two ports’ marine cargo terminal investments, operations, planning and marketing. Read the press release here.