Insights - June 2015 - (Page 2)

Download the Mobile App The Intermodal Insights mobile app is available in the Google Play Store and in the App Store. Download to your mobile device today! Cover image © Canadian Pacific Intermodal Insights is published monthly by the Intermodal Association of North America for the benefit of its members. Intermodal Insights is a registered trademark of the Intermodal Association of North America. All rights reserved. Paul Scott Abbott, Editor Send press releases and letters to the editor to insights@intermodal.org. Must be received by the 10th of the month to be considered for inclusion in the next issue. Maggie Miller, Advertising Sales 301-982-3400, ext. 350 advertising@intermodal.org Joanne F. Casey, President & CEO INTERMODAL ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA 11785 Beltsville Drive, Suite 1100 Calverton, MD 20705-4048 301-982-3400 * Fax: 301-982-4815 www.intermodal.org 2 Intermodal Insights | June 2015 Federal Update Shorter Extension Urged for PTC Five Senate Democrats are pushing to shorten the time railroads have to install positive train control technology. The Positive Train Control Safety Act, S. 1006, was introduced April 16 by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The measure would postpone the current PTC implementation deadline of Dec. 31 by only three years, permitting case-by-case one-year extensions until 2018. In March, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced S. 650, calling for extending the deadline by five years - until Dec. 31, 2020. The May 12 fatal derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak passenger train added fuel to efforts to require PTC technology to be in place sooner than later. Go to www.govtrack.us/congress/ bills/114/s1006 to track S. 1006, which was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Short-Term Fix Seen for Highways Another short-term fix appeared a near-certainty as the May 31 expiration date of the latest extension of surface transportation legislation approached. With a variety of measures on the table and a host of stakeholders calling for a well-funded long-term solution, congressional leaders were anticipated to instead approve an additional short-term extension of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21. Visit www.intermodal.org for more information. Bill Backs Financing for Infrastructure A bipartisan Senate bill calls for more tax-exempt financing for public-private partnerships, along with the option to use federal tax credits to leverage private equity investment in public infrastructure projects. This includes critically needed improvements at U.S. seaports and their connectors. The Move America Act of 2015, S. 1186, was introduced May 4 by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, to which the bill was referred, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. Visit bit.ly/MoveAmerica to learn more about the bill, and go to www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/ s1186 to track the measure. Proposal Targets Port Performance The chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is proposing nationally consistent measures of performance for U.S. seaports. The port transparency bill, S. 1298, introduced May 12 by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., follows expressions of concern by the committee chairman and other panel members over month long labor dispute-related disruptions at West Coast ports. "The recent labor dispute at West Coast ports underscored how a lack of data and transparency to quantify ongoing problems at our ports can affect businesses from coast to coast," Sen. Thune said. "At present," he added, "statistics for air cargo and even forms of ground transportation are more developed and accessible than those for maritime transport. This legislation adds needed sunshine to maritime shipping through our ports to help head off future economically destructive impediments to commerce." Go to bit.ly/Thuneintros to read the committee press release and to www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/ s1298 to track the bill. Federal Update - continued on page 15 http://www.bit.ly/MoveAmerica http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1186 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1006 http://www.bit.ly/Thuneintros http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1298 http://www.intermodal.org http://www.intermodal.org http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1298

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - June 2015

Contents
Federal update
Short-Term Fix Seen for Highways
Proposal Targets Port Performances
Silver Kingpin Award Ballots Due
Spring Business Meeting Focuses on Industry Solutions
IANA Launches Webpage for Scholarship Program
Intermodal EXPO 2015 to Offer Robust Educational Agenda
Equipment Out-of-Service Data to Undergo Expanded Analysis
State Legislative Update
N.J. in Compact, at Least for Now
Freight Report
Yearly Traffic Chart
Sustainability News
Port News
People in the News
In Brief
2015 Sponsors
New Members
Audit Examining FMCSA Processes
Industry Calendar

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