Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Feb. 28, 2011

Truckers Call on Obama to Tap Offshore Oil

The American Trucking Associations is urging the Obama administration to begin looking at domestic energy sources. This comes after a spike in oil prices has increased fuel prices across the US, due to the conflict in Libya. The ATA is suggesting that offshore oil deposits and other resources should be investigated.

AAPA objects to port security funding cut

The American Association of Port Authorities is worried that budget cuts to the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security grant program could cause security issues to arise in America’s ports.

LaHood Gives Florida Another Week on Rail Plan

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is giving Florida and Gov. Rick Scott until March 4th to come to a final decision on whether to keep or reject $2.4 billion in federal grants for the high speed rail project.

FMCSA Expands Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has added a new feature to their screening program that gives carriers a look at the history of a driver applying for a job. This will help to deter drivers with bad driving records from just moving from carrier to carrier.

Ports Join Business Environmental Group

Port authorities in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia have joined the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, a business environmental group focusing on reducing the environmental impact by the transportation industry.

Railroad traffic shows continued gains for week of February 19, says AAR

The volume of traffic on America’s rail network was up 8.2 percent compared to last year for the week ending February 19th.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst