Daily Transportation and Logistics News – May 13, 2011

transportation news | obama administration | transportation infrastructureObama administration draft transportation bill embraces performance measures, boosts options
The Transportation Opportunities Act, a draft transportation bill put together by the Obama administration, contains many favored reforms in the 2012 budget blueprint in February. It boosts USDOT resources for the core highway program while making significant investments in transit.

ELDs and EOBRs – What’s the Difference?
With the large amount of new products hitting the market in the electronic logging and on-board recorder industry, it is getting more and more difficult to keep up-to-date on the new acronyms. Dave Kraft helps to describe what each acronym means including EOBR, ELD, EDL and AOBRD.

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 though loans, loan guarantees and grants.

Senators Propose Extending TIGER Grant Program
A bipartisan group of senator is proposing legislation to extend the Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program through fiscal 2018, but stops short of authorizing a specific amount for grants. The extended TIGER program would retain most of the previous features and add loan guarantees to the previous grant-only rounds.

Railroads Bulk Loads Fall, Intermodal Grows
Carload traffic on North America’s largest railroads slipped 1 percent in the first week of May, extending a slide the rails have seen for the past month even as intermodal volume maintains strong growth this spring.

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