Daily Transportation and Logistics News – May 11, 2011

Senators Propose $5 Billion DOT Infrastructure Fund

Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee are proposing a $5 billion national infrastructure fund that would encourage private investment in transportation infrastructure through loans, loan guarantees and grants. This proposal is called the American Infrastructure Investment Fund Act of 2011.

FMCSA Enhances Public Access With Searchable Database

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched a new web page that improves free public access to orders and decisions on FMCSA civil penalty and safety rating cases.

Parties Take Shots at Each Other, Not High Prices, this Week

House Republicans are introducing a bill that will attempt to force the Obama administration to consider new drilling permits in the Gulf and automatically approve the permits if they don’t decide within 60 days. The Senate Democrats are introducing the “Close Big Oil Tax Loophioles Act” that will repeal a tax break for big oil companies.

DOT Freight Index Hits 33-month High

The amount of freight carried by for-hire carriers rose 1.9 percent in March from February to reach the highest level since July 2008. The Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index measures month-to-month changes in freight shipping miles.

Supply Chains at Risk – A Shippers Call to Arms

Mike Regan wrote this blog to bring some issues to the forefront and call on shippers to be aware of the issues arising in the industry. This includes Hours of Service regulations and new safety guidelines that will affect transit time and shipping costs.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst