The recent approval of a two-week stopgap measure containing $4 billion in spending cuts seems to have saved many transportation programs for the time being.
Senators and representatives are urging the Department of Transportation and Obama administration to drop the proposed hours of service rule and keep the current trucker work rules.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will begin the development of the new six-year surface transportation legislation towards the end of this month. The hope from Chairman John Mica is that a proposal will be finished by August.
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Americans drove 3 trillion miles in 2010, the third highest level ever recorded and an increase of 0.7 percent, or 20.5 billion miles, over the previous year.
The current levels of spending on federal surface transportation programs will be held at current levels through the 2011 budget year, pending approval from the Senate.
Preliminary data from ACT Research shows that Class 8 commercial vehicles continue to maintain strong growth rates, totaling 24,300 units in February.
– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst