Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the last Republican left in President Obama’s Cabinet, announced Tuesday he is stepping down.
In a note to department staff, LaHood said he would remain at the helm until a replacement is confirmed to ensure “a smooth transition for the department and all the important work we still have to do.”
Obama has trumpeted his infrastructure spending, including about $48 billion within the stimulus package, but has balked at raising the fuel tax. There is little indication that Obama would change his position and secure a new revenue source for infrastructure funding. His proposal to use funding dollars, freed up through the ending of wars in [...]
The National Industrial Transportation urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to encourage the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance to resume talks on an East and Gulf Coast port labor contract.
The NIT League requested LaHood’s help “in strongly encouraging the two sides to get back to the bargaining table. Only as a last [...]
Rather than pit regions against each other, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell predicts USDOT would endorse projects aiding West Coast ports to increase their Asian trade, while competing against Canada and Mexico.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood chose Seattle’s Harbor Island on Thursday morning to announce creation of a Freight Policy Council. His goal is [...]
The Obama administration on Friday made $473 million in funding originally allocated to earmark projects available to states.
The money was set aside for appropriations between fiscal 2003 and 2006, but the dollars weren’t spent because of Obama’s and Congress’s ban on earmarks. States must identify by Oct. 1 the projects — which can range [...]
The unions blasted David Matsuda, above, for a report that ‘includes possible cost-cutting suggestions that are completely contrary to the overall best interests of the United States, represents a gigantic failure in Matsuda’s leadership and a missed opportunity on the part of the Maritime Administration.’
Maritime unions are up in arms and calling for the [...]
“If the agreement is good for the U.S. why the hell is [U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood] sneaking down there to sign it?” said Jim Johnston, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents more than 160,000 independent truckers.
Read about the agreement in the Journal of Commerce
A report released June 15 from the U.S. Maritime Administration shows more ships are stopping at U.S. ports. The stops, or vessel calls, rebounded by 13 percent in 2010, after an eight percent decline in 2009. Oceangoing vessel calls reflect waterborne trade between the United States and countries around the world, and are a measure [...]
Port of Everett Executive Director John Mohr testified before Congress today on the maritime infrastructure needs to support the doubling of U.S. exports over the next five years.
To enhance the U.S. marine transportation system so it can handle more exports to compete with Canadian ports and the expanded Panama Canal, Mohr said the federal [...]
[NOTE: For more information on marine highways, read "The Case Against Short Sea Shipping" in the Winter 2010 issue of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division Newsletter.]
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The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited the Port of West Sacramento [with] Congressman Mike [...]
Cross-border trucking is considered a victory by business groups, but derided by labor unions, independent truckers, environmentalists and consumer activist groups.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released plans Friday for a new pilot trucking project … that would allow Mexican truckers to operate within the U.S. for up to three years as long [...]
GPS devices were installed in about 250 trucks under a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Long Beach photo courtesy of AirPhoto-Jim Ward.
PierPass has issued the following News Release:
PierPass Inc. and Ability/Tri-Modal Transportation Services Inc. today released the results of a study that uses [...]