ports

Washington State bill will require trucks serving ports to be cleaner

By Sam Sklar All drayage trucks serving the ports of Seattle and Tacoma will need to be cleaner under a bill in the state legislature. At that time, trucks moving into and out of these high-volume ports would be required to have engines manufactured in 2007 or later. The state bill extends the

Megaships may be approaching their maximum size

By Bill Holloway The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, visited the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Seattle last month. At 1306 feet long, 177 feet wide, and 197 feet tall, the ship is among the largest in the world and can carry

House T&I Committee issues freight report

By Bill Holloway A new report from the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, Improving the Nation’s Freight Transportation System, recommends a series of steps for Congress to take in order to modernize the national freight transportation system to increase transportation efficiency and

Freight rail traffic is growing, but urban conflicts hinder infrastructure expansion

By Bill Holloway Much of the news surrounding railroads in recent years has focused on the uncertain future of high-speed passenger rail projects and Amtrak’s financial troubles. However, while passenger rail has been on the front page, freight railroads have been thriving. Revenues of the

Disagreement over the environmental impacts of the Bayonne Bridge project

By Chris Spahr Two federal agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, do not agree on the assessment of the environmental impacts of raising the Bayonne Bridge from 150 feet of clearance to 215 feet of clearance over the Kill Van Kull between Bayonne, NJ, and

Florida’s freight infrastructure investment named an innovation to watch

By Chris Spahr Florida’s statewide approach to freight infrastructure investments has been highlighted in the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation’s Top 10 State and Metropolitan Innovations to Watch. Latin America is the fastest growing regional trade partner

Environmentalists challenge plans for expanded Miami port

According to an article in the Miami Herald, a conflict has arisen between those who want to expand the Port of Miami for economic development, in anticipation of an expanded Panama Canal, and environmentalists and the tourism industry, who fear it could harm sea life and water quality. Miami is

California’s Green Trade Corridor project underway

Construction of California’s Green Trade Corridor, a TIGER grant funded project to increase the share of freight moving on inland waterways between the Port of Oakland and California’s Central Valley, began last fall.  The project is sponsored by a partnership between the Port of Oakland,