On January 10, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) announced the launch of a public awareness campaign to highlight the benefits of tolling. The campaign will also focus on advocating publicly in the media for policymakers’ support of tolling to help solve what U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) recently referred to as transportation’s “own version of a fiscal cliff.”
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has published the 16th annual Pocket Guide to Transportation 2013. This quick reference resource covers data on transportation safety, state of good repair, system use and performance, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability. Click here to download a copy.
Since 1988, SC&RA has been bringing together state and federal highway officials with specialized transportation executives for an annual symposium to discuss issues relating to the movement of overweight and oversize loads in the United States. This tradition will continue at the SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27-March 1, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
SC&RA is offering two useful online educational opportunities this month to help participants pave the way to a successful 2013:
Only 20 of 90 booths are still available for the Products Fair at the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, Westin, Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz. Always a highlight of the Annual Conference, the Products Fair will be the only official activity on Friday, April 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Booth fees include one complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Click here to learn more and to reserve space on a first-come, first-served basis.
The SC&R Foundation continues to accept applications for 2013-2014 Scholarships and Grants. Completed applications must be postmarked by January 31, and received by February 15.
Construction employers added 30,000 jobs in December while the industry’s unemployment rate hit 13.5 percent, according to an analysis of new federal data released on January 4 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). AGC officials noted that the monthly increase was the largest in nearly two years, driven primarily by increases in private sector demand for construction.
North American heavy duty Gross Vehicle Weight Classes 5-8 preliminary net orders for December represent an improvement from where orders were through most of 2012, according to a report released on January 3 by ACT Research. The final numbers, which will be released mid-January, will approach 14,200 units for medium duty Classes 5-7 vehicles and trucks and 21,300 for heavy duty Class 8. The preliminary net order numbers are typically accurate to within 5 percent of actual.
An analysis released on July 7 by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) confirmed that the federal government will be unable to meet all of its spending obligations as early as mid-February unless the debt ceiling is raised. “Our numbers show that we have less time to solve this problem than many realize,” said Steve Bell, Senior Director of the Economic Policy Project at BPC. “We estimate that Treasury will exhaust its borrowing authority and no longer have sufficient funds to meet its obligations in full and on time at some point between February 15 and March 1.
As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act signed by President Obama to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” Congress extended the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), and Investment Tax Credits for community and offshore projects. This will allow continued growth of the energy source that installed the most new electrical generating capacity in America last year, with factories or wind farms in all 50 states, noted the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).