August 1 — Members of the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement have suspended the $5 gate fee on chassis moves in and out of their terminals that had been scheduled to start today. The fee is expected to be initiated in 30 days.
July 22 — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the U.S. DOT has established the Build America Bureau to combine a number of DOT programs, several of which are related to freight. Read the July 22 press release.
July 22 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), adding a new definition of "major tread groove"; placing new prohibitions on the operation of a vehicle with speed-restricted tires; and eliminating the option to satisfy the annual inspection requirement through a violation-free roadside inspection. Read the Federal Register Notice.
July 8 — PierPass announced a 1.9 percent increase in the Traffic Mitigation Fee at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, scheduled to take effect on Aug. 8, 2016. Read the PierPass news post here.
July 5 — USDOT announced the 18 projects selected to receive a total of $759 million in fiscal year 2016 through the FASTLANE program, including the Atlantic Gateway (VA); the Cross Harbor Freight Program (NY); and the Port of Savannah International Multi-Modal Connector (GA). See the project list here.