ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER ASPEN — Security at shipping ports around the U.S., including testing containers and vessels for biological and radiological hazards, is a top priority to preventing terrorism, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday.
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to give up on $200 million in proposed income tax cuts and instead use the money to help pay for roads won approval by Assembly Republicans on Thursday, but the Senate is still not fully on board.
WASHINGTON — Supporters of twin-33 tandem trailers reportedly were ready to include language to allow the longer trailers on U.S. highways in the FY2018 Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill during a markup session July 17, but backed out.
Several states in recent years have been developing variations of the TPIMS concept, but the Michigan system is the first of its kind, a 24/7/365 system that monitors both public and private parking areas and has helped serve as something of a template for a much more ambitious vision. The Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) is in the process of creating a TPIMS that will cover highways in eight Midwestern states, including Michigan. Funded through a $25 million federal TIGER grant and $3.66 million in state matching funds, the Kansas Department of Transportation is the lead grant applicant and coordinator for the project.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Tuesday introduced legislation that would provide for a two-year delay before mandatory implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate now set for implementation December 18.