Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 21, 2011

Senate EPW Committee releases bipartisan transportation bill outline ahead of Thursday hearing

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) released a bipartisan outline today of its transportation bill, titled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21. The outline highlights “key areas” of the legislation’s highway title but remains vague on details.

McConnell’s fallback plan gains steam

Senate aides say a fallback plan to give President Obama authority to raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit will soon become “plan A” for averting a national default.

Expedite Meeting: Debt Ceiling, Regulation Tops Motor Carrier Concerns

Members of The Expedite Alliance of North America held a town hall session in Nashville with Republican US Rep. John J Duncan Jr, Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Regulatory concerns and economic conditions were some of the topics discussed.

Democrats Say Republicans Risk FAA Shutdown

The Obama administration and Senate Democrats say Republicans’ attempt to cut rural air service subsidies is risking a Federal Aviation Administration shutdown, jeopardizing thousands of public and private sector jobs.

Bikes and pedestrians will go begging in House transport bill proposal

The House has not yet released the full text of a transportation bill proposal, but the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released an outline of the principles that will be included in the bill. We posted a short analysis of the outline here. This is one in a series of posts looking into some of the provisions with a little more depth.

DOT Wants Fierce TIGER Competition

The federal government is gearing up for another round of TIGER funding for transportation projects, and the emphasis this year, as in the previous two rounds, will be to foster competition among applicants.

Was Raquel Nelson Jaywalking When Hit and Run Driver Killed Her Child?

E.D. Kain discusses a jaywalking case in Georgia and this issues with crosswalks and pedestrian traffic. He asks “Wouldn’t it be simpler to put in a stoplight and a crosswalk at these locations, rather than spend all that money to prosecute jaywalking mothers?”

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