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Safety Title is Added to U.S. House Surface Transportation Bill

June 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Safety Title is Added to U.S. House Surface Transportation Bill

A new section was added over the weekend to the surface transportation reauthorization bill currently making its way through the U.S. Senate. This legislation, which must pass by September 30, when current funding for surface transportation expires, also includes funding for electric vehicles and other transportation programs. The new safety title includes a requirement that…

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Passes Surface Transportation Reauthorization

June 10, 2021 | Comments Off on U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Passes Surface Transportation Reauthorization

The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee passed the 2021 INVEST in America Act late last night, after hours of debate. The INVEST Act, which is the surface transportation reauthorization, must pass through Congress before September 30, when the previous surface transportation funding runs out. This legislation includes $547 billion for transportation,…

How the U.S. is Modernizing its Electrical Grid

June 7, 2021 | Comments Off on How the U.S. is Modernizing its Electrical Grid

AASHTO, ITSA File Lawsuit Regarding 5.9GHz Band

June 2, 2021 | Comments Off on AASHTO, ITSA File Lawsuit Regarding 5.9GHz Band

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) filed a lawsuit this week aimed at preventing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from carving up the 5.9 GHz band for purposes other than vehicle safety.   In December 2019, the FCC ruled to carve up the…

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Approves Surface Transportation Bill

May 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Approves Surface Transportation Bill

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved their surface transportation bill this morning. This legislation includes about $311 billion for transportation budget authority over the next 5 years, a funding increase of about 34 percent compared to the 2019 FAST Act. Notable portions of the legislation are:   $500 million per year…

Paid Leave in the United States

May 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Paid Leave in the United States

The United States the last remaining wealthy nation in the world that does not require companies to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Instead, the United States has the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and a patchwork of state regulations. Right now, 1 in 4 workers lacks access to paid sick leave,…

EV Update: Biden bets pickups will plug in.

May 24, 2021 | Comments Off on EV Update: Biden bets pickups will plug in.

Earlier this month, President Biden test-drove the new Ford F-150 electric truck, which is set for release in 2022. Successfully marketing electric pickup trucks to Americans could be an essential piece in the puzzle for widespread electric vehicle adoption, since currently, EV infrastructure is heavily concentrated in urban areas. Read an analysis on electric trucks…

Right to Repair Report

May 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Right to Repair Report

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FTC Releases a Report on Anticompetitive Repair Restrictions

May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on FTC Releases a Report on Anticompetitive Repair Restrictions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report this week entitled “Nixing the Fix: An FTC Report to Congress on Repair Restrictions”. This report was created as a result of a directive from the U.S. Congress to investigate anticompetitive practices related to repair markets. The report highlights “anticompetitive repair restrictions” including unavailability of parts, repair…

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Legislation Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

May 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Legislation Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Levin (D-Mich) introduced a bill, the Electric Vehicles Freedom Act, that would establish a nationwide network of public electric vehicle charging stations. This legislation is part of a larger push toward electrifying the transportation sector as part of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which was released earlier this year. Establishing a nationwide network of…

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