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Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 5, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott | FL GovFlorida Gov. Scott Finds a Rail Project He Doesn’t Hate

Governor Rick Scott has decided that SunRail commuter rail is worth funding and has given the FDOT the OK to sign the Full Funding Grant Agreement. This comes after large scrutiny towards Rick Scott, after he deemed a high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando was not worth funding earlier this year.

Analyst Says Large Ships Threaten Smaller Carriers

Smaller vessel operators could be forced out of Asia-Europe container trade lanes as the deployment of ultra-large container ships puts more pressure on freight rates and the bottom line, according to one Hong Kong-based analyst.

Tampa to work on master plan for urban core

The Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail line was derailed earlier this year, but Tampa officials have found another use for a sizable pot of federal money originally intended for rail-related upgrades. This includes using grant money to produce a master plan for downtown, Ybor City, Channelside, Tampa Heights, Riverside Heights and North Hyde Park.

Trade Facilitation Doesn’t Add Up

Customs and Border Protection is short-handed. At a time when Commissioner Alan Bersin is trying to return Customs to its traditional role as a trade facilitator, the agency hasn’t been able to fill the ranks of employees to support that mission.

Congress Poised to Take on Transportation Authorization This Month

Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Interstate highway system, House and Senate transportation leaders are close to introducing transportation authorization bills, although they will look very different. Both versions will renew SAFETEA-LU.

US Factory Index Inches Upward, China Slips

Manufacturing growth in the United States accelerated in June for the first time in five months, according to the Institute of Supply Management’s PMI report, bolstering hopes that a spring slowdown in factory activity has run its course.

Transportation infrastructure: DOT gears up for third round of TIGER grants

Last week, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that its TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program will dole out $527 million for its third round of grants.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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