The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission has given the green light for nine projects through the state’s Rail Transportation Assistance Program and another 25 through the Rail Freight Assistance Program, according to a statement from Gov. Tom Wolf.
U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wrote a letter urging new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to visit aging transportation infrastructure throughout their states.
Through the first three months of 2017, however, the largest port on the U.S. East Coast has seen container throughput tick up 2.4 percent, surpassing the previous first-quarter record set in 2016, according to recent figures from the port authority.
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The Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns (PLUS Act), S.702, is sponsored by Senators Jim Risch, R-Idaho; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; and David Perdue, R-Ga.
In addition to bad weather conditions, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the delays, according to Nicolas Vittori, overseas network manager at France-based Setcargo.
Annualized driver turnover rates at large truckload fleets fell another 10 percentage points to 71 percent in the third quarter of 2016, the lowest level since the second quarter of 2011, according to the American Trucking Associations.