10/22/2010 - (Ports-to-Plains Alliance)
State of Coahuila, Mexico joins Ports-to-Plains Alliance ...
The Ports-to-Plains Alliance welcomed its first Mexican member as the State of Coahuila, Mexico joined the organization in a signing ceremony in Torreón, Coahuila October 14.
“Coahuila is a strong trade partner for our members and will be a great addition to Ports-to-Plains. It is a natural extension for the corridor into Coahuila not only to accommodate existing business, but to facilitate new opportunities,” said Ports-to-Plains President Michael Reeves. ...more
10/22/2010 - (PTP Blog)
Let's Not Lower Our Sights ...
Jack Schenendorf represents the Ports-to-Plains Alliance in Washington, D.C. ... . It’s time for the two political parties to work together for the common good. We must put America first. A visionary, bipartisan transportation initiative would be a... ...more
10/19/2010 - (PTPBlog.com)
Heavy Loads, Some from Wind and Gas, Damage Texas Roads ...
Ports-to-Plains editorial comments on article in "The TexasTribune " describing concerns about roadway impacts of oil, gas, and wind energy development.
4/21/2010 - (AASTHO)
AASHTO Releases Report Calling for Balanced Approach to "Livability" ...more
4/15/2010 - (CBS 7 News)
Ports-to-Plains Truck Reliever Route in Howard County 1 Step Closer to Reality ...more
2/12/2010 - (Chamber of the Americas)
NABD PROJECTS HELP COMMUNITIES IN
U.S.-MEXICAN BORDER REGION
Infrastructure projects launched and underwritten by the North America Development Bank (NABD) produce many winners on both sides of the United States-Mexican border, said Jorge C. Garces, speaking at the Americas Executive Forum Luncheon sponsored by the Chamber of the Americas (COTA) and COTA Foundation in conjunction with Metropolitan State College of Denver, El Pomar Foundation, and NABD.
1/27/2010 - (The Globe and Mail)
Oil and gas drilling projected to rebound ...
Some 9.000 new wells expected across Canada this year, Petroleum Services Association of Canada says ...
Drilling for oil and natural gas is expected to rebound strongly across Canada this year, with a leading industry group saying Wednesday that some of the best new numbers are coming out of Alberta. ...more
1/27/2010 - (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
As Tom Donohue noted in his recent State of American Business address, over seven million Americans have lost their jobs since the recession began. Ten percent of the U.S. workforce is unemployed-a number that soars beyond 17 percent when you add those who have stopped looking for jobs and the millions of part-time workers who want to work full-time.
1/26/2010 - (Finance & Commerce)
State, federal officials tout long-term transportation plans ...
Despite past differences, two of America’s most influential transportation policy makers are presenting a united front in support of a long-term federal spending program for roads, bridges and mass transit. ...more
1/25/2010 - (Pew Research Center )
Public's Priorities for 2010: Economy, Jobs, Terrorism ...
Energy Concerns Fall, Deficit Concerns Rise ...more
1/1/2010 - (ColoradoBiz)
The Economist ...
Our good friends next door ...
By Tucker Hart Adams ...
In all the talk of globalization and the new world economic order, it’s easy to overlook our good friends to the north. They are so like us in language (although they do spell a little funny), their commitment to democracy and their willingness to fight alongside us when required that it is easy to forget they are a foreign country and our major economic partner. ...more
12/7/2009 - (National Journal Online)
What Have We Learned From The Recovery Act? ...
With unemployment still in double digits nationally, Congress and the White House are putting together a "jobs bill" -- effectively a second stimulus package -- to get more people back to work. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed in February, contained $48 billion for highway, transit and rail projects, including $1.5 billion for competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants and $8 billion for high-speed rail projects.
12/2/2009 - (Wall Street Journal)
House Transport Panel Head Seeks $69 Billion in New Spending ...
WASHINGTON -- House Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar on Wednesday called for at least $69 billion in new federal spending on highway and transit projects, a bid to use a second stimulus bill to address a looming shortfall in transportation funding. ...more
12/1/2009 - (NPR)
How Deadly Are Rural Roads? It Depends On Your Definition Of Rural ...
The final story in NPR's week-long series "On the Road to Safety" focused on the nation's most dangerous roads -- rural highways extending beyond cities and suburbs. I reported in that story the clear and convincing statistics from the National Highway Transportation Administration: 56% of the country's traffic fatalities take place on rural roads, even though only 23% of the nation's population lives in rural America. ...more
11/29/2009 - (NPR)
The Deadliest Roads Are Rural ...
Traveling over the river and through the woods this holiday season is not the safest way to get to Grandmother's house. The roads traveled least are the nation's deadliest roads, according to federal highway data. More Americans die on rural highways than on urban streets and freeways. ...more
11/20/2009 - (Amarillo Globe-News)
Commission approves $2B for highways ...
Funds come from $5B bond passed in November 2007 ...
Panhandle highways are starting to see the benefits of a $5 billion bond for road improvements Texas voters passed two years ago. ...more
11/20/2009 - (Capital Journal)
DOT: Highway tax hike unlikely ...
PIERRE — The Legislature will be presented a package of proposed tax increases for highway funding in the 2010 session, but state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said Thursday he doesn’t foresee lawmakers coming up with any more money for road maintenance and projects.
11/19/2009 - (New York Times)
Boxer Asks for White House Help on Highway Extension Compromise ...
With the ongoing congressional stalemate over the next highway bill beginning to take its toll on state road and transit projects, a key senator yesterday urged the Obama administration to step in and help broker a compromise. ...more
11/19/2009 - (The Bond Buyer)
Senate, House Face Off ...
Transportation Leaders Not on Same Page ...
WASHINGTON — Senate transportation leaders are in a standoff with their House counterparts over a six-month extension of the current transportation law, as states are experiencing a 30% reduction in their federal highway and bridge funding. ...more
11/18/2009 - (Dow Jones Newswires)
US Industry Groups Urge Multi-Year Highway-Spending Bill ...
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- A consortium of asphalt and concrete industry groups are urging Congress to pass a new transportation bill soon because states won't commit to highway construction without a long-term federal spending plan.
11/17/2009 - (The Hill)
Sens. Boxer, Inhofe make push for short-term transportation bill extension ...
Two senators at odds on climate legislation are joining forces to push for a short-term extension of the highway bill. ...more
10/28/2009 - (Investors.com)
Transportation Bill Isn't Moving Over Priorities, Funding Issues ...
As the jobless rate nears 10% and Washington weighs more measures to lift the economy, idled digging machines descended on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to push for action on a new transportation bill. ...more
10/27/2009 - (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
Transport Policy Update: Senate to Pass 6-Month Extension This Week ...
Before week's end, the Senate will pass a six-month extension of the nation's four-year-old transportation law -- setting the stage for another showdown with the House, where transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar remains on the fence about abandoning the push for a new long-term bill before 2010. ...more
10/13/2009 - (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
Obama Ally Breaks With White House on Timing of New Transport Bill ...
Sen. Dick Durbin (IL), the No. 2 Democratic leader in the upper chamber of Congress and a close ally of the president, broke with the White House yesterday and called for a new long-term transportation bill to pass by early next year -- not after the Obama administration's preferred 18-month delay. ...more
9/25/2009 - (AASTHO)
Chamber, NAM, ATA, & AAA Voice Support for Increasing Fuel Taxes ...more
9/25/2009 - (AASTHO)
Funding Cuts Loom Next Week if Congress Fails to Act ...
Congress has taken no action this week to repeal an $8.7 billion rescission of federal highway funds set to hit the states next Wednesday, setting up devastating consequences for several states who will lose hundreds of millions of dollars in transportation spending authority. ...more
9/23/2009 - (AASTHO)
House Approves 3-Month Authorization Extension; Does Not Address Rescissions ...
The House of Representatives voted 335-85 this evening to approve a bill that would extend federal highway and transit programs until the end of this year. Federal law authorizing spending on federal-aid highways, transit projects, and highway safety programs is set to expire Sept. 30. ...more
9/23/2009 - (Logistics Today)
Yes, Buy America ...Canada, China and Mexico are the three largest trading
partners the US has, with trade growing 75% from 2001
to 2007. NAFTA trade alone is over $2 billion per day. At
the very least, perhaps US trade policy should reflect that
NAFTA perspective and we should be telling the world to
“Buy North American.” ...more
9/23/2009 - (Logistics Today)
Is Mexico the Next China? ... When fuel prices peaked in 2008, interest in Mexico as a manufacturing source revived. We saw a bump in Mexico, says David Morgan, CEO of D.W. Morgan, reflecting the experience of a number of logistics services companies and anecdotal information from manufacturers themselves. ...more
9/22/2009 - (Macleans.ca)
In conversation with Sen. Lindsey Graham ...
The Republican Senator visits Saskatchewan to talk carbon capture and storage, tells Canada’s oil patch to stop worrying about coming U.S. environmental regulations ... Comments about Alberta's Oil Sands ...more
8/22/2009 - (Patriot News)
We need a better plan for highway funding ...
by George Wolff ...
In my decades as a lobbyist, I've seen some very diverse interests come together for a single purpose, but few are as diverse as the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition. ...more
8/14/2009 - (Denver Business Journal)
Portland company coming to Denver
Wind-energy company REpower USA Corp. of Portland is moving its headquarters to Denver in early September, the company said Friday.
8/14/2009 - (AASTHO)
Bergquist Testifies at Senate Field Hearing in South Dakota
South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist told the U.S. Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee on Monday that rural states must receive a significant increase in federal transportation funding and participate at least proportionately in future growth of the federal highway and surface transportation programs. ...more
8/14/2009 - (AASHTO Journal)
U.S., Mexican Presidents Address Trucking Dispute at Summit
President Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon early this week to discuss allowing Mexican trucks to resume traveling beyond the U.S. border region. ...more
8/12/2009 - (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), which represents major construction companies, released a bulletin to members today urging them to connect with members of Congress in support of quick action on a long-term transportation bill next month. ...more
8/7/2009 - (AASHTO)
President Signs Transportation Funding Rescue Bill; ...
Treasury to Deposit $7 Billion into HTF ...more
8/1/2009 - (cobizmag.com)
The economist: What’s the most important industry in Colorado?
Look at the new dollars an industry brings into the state when its output is sold
By Tucker Hart Adams ...more
7/23/2009 - (Denver Post)
Ritter taps GOP lawmaker for economic post ... Gov. Bill Ritter today named Loveland lawmaker Don Marostica, a developer who has bucked his fellow Republicans on issues he believes are crucial to Colorado's financial health, as the state's new chief economic-development director.
7/23/2009 - (AASTHO)
Shortfall Threatens "Severe Cuts throughout the Industry"
Allen Biehler, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, warned that state departments of transportation are living "hand to mouth" and would be forced to cut back projects if Congress fails to plug the hole in the Highway Trust Fund. ...more
7/15/2009 - (Rueters)
Senate Committee OKs highway law extension
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key U.S. Senate committee approved on Wednesday part of President Barack Obama's plan to keep road and highway programs operating as the fund for construction and repairs comes close to zero. ...more
7/14/2009 - (The Plain Dealer)
Sen. George Voinovich wants new highway bill to stimulate the economy ...
Although Sen. George Voinovich opposed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill that Congress passed earlier this year, he still believes the economy needs stimulation. ...more
7/14/2009 - (Daily Yonder)
The New York Times wanted to show that rural America was getting too much highway money. The story didn't quite work. ...more
7/9/2009 - (Colorado Governor Bill Ritter)
GOV. RITTER TOUTS NATURAL GAS AS KEY PART OF NEW ENERGY ECONOMY
News release and audio --
Gov. Bill Ritter today touted clean-burning natural gas as a vital part of Colorado’s New Energy Economy and a key element of his strategy to position Colorado for a strong economic recovery. ...more
7/8/2009 - (TheHill.com)
Ways and Means committee puts Oberstar’s highway bill on hold for health legislation -- Rep. Jim Oberstar’s (D-Minn.) ambitious plan to finish a new highway bill before the end of year is running into a roadblock of his party’s own making: the massive overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system. ...more
6/29/2009 - (Government of Alberta)
New regulations for commercial vehicles
There are a number of benefits to bringing Alberta’s commercial vehicle regulations in line with those across Canada and North America. Updating safety and equipment standards will provide certainty to carriers when purchasing or upgrading vehicle equipment. Commercial vehicles that are equipped and maintained to current Canadian standards will also minimize wear and tear on highway infrastructure and reduce emissions.
6/25/2009 - (Land Line Magazine)
Senate committee prefers short-term transportation fix
A U.S. Senate committee is throwing support behind a White House plan to forgo sweeping transportation reform this year in favor of an 18-month extension of the current system.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee praised Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the White House for suggesting a short-term fix to shore up the Highway Trust Fund.
6/25/2009 - (Congresswoman Betsy Markey (CO))
MARKEY TACKLES PATCHWORK OF TRUCK WEIGHT LAWS
Bi-partisan bill will help states align limits, minimize road damage and increase efficiency ...more
6/24/2009 - (Politico)
President Obama short of money on highway fund
Amid all its other budget woes, the Obama administration now estimates it will need $20 billion in new savings or revenues to shore up the finances for the highway trust fund until after the 2010 elections.
6/18/2009 - (Bloomberg.com)
Oberstar Says 57% Jump in Highway Spending Needed ...more
6/9/2009 - (Bipartisan Policy Center)
Performance Driven: New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy ...
By Dennis Archer, Sherwood Boehlert, Slade Gorton and Martin Sabo
5/9/2009 - (© The Amarillo Globe-News Online)
Obama budget includes $28 million for Pantex wind farm ...more
5/9/2009 - (Office of Communications and Marketing)
Texas Tech University Partners in $28 Million Department of Energy Project ...more
5/9/2009 - (AVALANCHE-JOURNAL)
New Panhandle wind farm helps Tech ...more
3/31/2009 - (America 20509)
New Strategies in Economic Development ...
3/12/2009 - (Journal of Commerce)
So-Cal Port Charges Send Cargo Elsewhere ...more
3/4/2009 - (CNN.com)
Saskatchewan a jobs 'hot spot' in Canada ...more
3/4/2009 - (Kiplinger Letter)
For Infrastructure, Stimulus Just a Patch Job ...more
3/3/2009 - (Colorado Department of Agriculture)
Colorado's Beef Exports Make History ...more
2/17/2009 - (Western Economic Diversification Canada)
Government Supports Innovative Technology, Invests in Saskatchewan Economy ...more
2/1/2009 - (Colorado.gov)
Colorado's Growth in Beef Exports Continue to Outpace Total U.S. Exports ...more
12/4/2008 - (Outsource Logistics)
NAFTA Trade Continues to Grow ...more
12/4/2008 - (Havre Daily News)
Turmoil Complicates Wild Horse ...more
9/23/2008 - (Williston Wire)
Fairview Ag Processing Now Open ...more
9/2/2008 - (National Post)
The Oil Sands That Bind ...more