January 17, 2011
Interstate 81, a troubled highway: Rigs transport more than legal goods
While I-81 has been importnat to the economies of many Pennsylvania communities, along with the legal commerce is the associated crime that saps police resources and affects the quality of life for those who live near the highway and use it.
High on the list of crimes associated with I-81 is smuggling drugs.
Among the eight principal drug corridors, I-81 is particularly vital to Drug Trafficking Organizations. I-81 is the primary route for DTOs transporting multi-ton quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine from the southwest border to eastern U.S. drug markets, many of the largest drug markets in the country.
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December 31, 2010
Reports surfaced yesterday that the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking to initiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require trucks to activate speed limits.
Truckinginfo.com, the Web site for US-based Heavy-Duty Trucking, reported the official announcement will come early in the year. Ontario and Quebec already require the mandatory use of speed limiters.
The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which actively lobbied against the Canadian speed limiter laws, was quick to condemn the impending proposal.
December 26, 2010
November 23, 2010
Context is everything – In contracts clarity is key
Appearing in purchasingb2b OCTOBER 2010
By Marvin Huberman
November 4, 2010
Reported in the New York Times the latest round of funding for high-speed rail funding in the US.
Above that a Department of Transportation spokesperson said the administration is asking Congress for $50 billion for infrastructure ahead of reauthorizing the transportation law in 2011. The infrastructure proposal includes cash for high-speed rail, with an eye toward shifting long-term funding to alternatives to highways.
Obama’s had previously stated that his goal is to move the nation away from petroleum use and encourage cleaner forms of transportation.
October 25, 2010
Truckers have been hearing about a grant program called TIGER being carried out by the U.S. Department of Transportation, but not everyone knows what the program is, where the money comes from, or where the money is going.
For starters, TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery. The program was authorized in the American Recovery and Restoration Act that was signed into law by President Obama in 2009. ARRA was the $787 billion stimulus package that has been described as a huge success or complete failure depending on who you talk to.
The act equipped the DOT with a pot of money to dole out grants to states and local governments for infrastructure projects aimed at creating jobs. The money for TIGER grants comes from general Treasury funds and is not taken from the Highway Trust Fund.
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October 24, 2010
Building Stronger, Sustainable Communities Through Strategic Coordination
From the White House Blog
This morning at the National Press Club, I joined HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to discuss the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Partnership is an initiative that brings together the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure that the agencies’ policies, programs, and funding consider affordable housing, transportation, and environmental protection together. Founded on the idea that how and where we build our communities affects our economy, our environment, and our everyday lives, the Partnership is supporting communities that want to give Americans more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and support vibrant neighborhoods that attract businesses. This is good for our communities and good for our economy.
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