The federal Highway Trust Fund, which is funded primarily by fuel taxes, is projected to run out of money in 2015 if Congress takes no action.
A recent accident focused the public’s attention on the tragic consequences of distracted driving, especially among the operators of large passenger vehicles such as buses and trains.
United Streetcar, based in Oregon, rolled a streetcar out of its factory this June and became the first American company to produce streetcars since the 1950s.
Despite intense opposition from the taxi and limousine industries, companies that let people use their smartphones to find rides have scored several recent victories with state regulators.
"The result is going to be that fewer criminals are going to be removed from the United States.”
Despite the crackdown, Americans are still reluctant to put their phones away when they drive.
States and localities could reap as much as $11 billion a year.
This year, lawmakers in 22 states have filed more than 100 bills dealing with traffic cameras.
A new federal law requires state and local agencies to detail the condition of their trains, buses, tracks and equipment, and take steps to upgrade them.
This is the fourth time the federal government has given states more time to comply, even though agency officials told a U.S. House panel last spring there would be no further extensions.
They report not just mileage, but time of day, speed, acceleration, braking and the force during turns.
Too many obstacles to charge cars by miles traveled, but trucks are a different matter.
The California Legislature is advancing legislation to let individual counties opt out of Secure Communities.
Limits the ability of teachers to collectively bargain, eliminates tenure for new teachers and allows districts to pay teachers based on performance.
Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia hold off-year elections this year so they must redraw their electoral maps.
"We won’t pay Albany until Albany pays us."
Only Wisconsin got all t he rail stimulus money it asked for -- more than $810 million to start sending trains between Milwaukee and Madison. But now, political opposition is mounting.
"It's very difficult to get people who don't see a direct stake in what's proposed to vote for (transportation funding) on a statewide basis."
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois congressman, has made clear that the Midwest rail project is a priority for the White House.
Nearly half the states plan to use some of their new funds to pay for high-tech gadgets that will reduce congestion, help the environment and create jobs quickly.
Fully 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, are now in a federally recognized state of emergency