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Statement by ARTBA CEO Dave Bauer on Proposed Changes to FMCSA Hours of Service Rule

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Dave Bauer released the following statement regarding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed changes to the hours of service rule for truckers:

ARTBA applauds FMCSA for proposing long-needed updates to the federal hours of service rule. The proposed revisions will help the transportation construction industry’s short-haul drivers comply with the rule, while better enabling contractors to build projects in a safe, efficient and timely manner.

“Specifically, we support expanding the ‘short-haul’ exemption from 100 to 150 air miles, which provides regulatory relief to the vast majority of industry drivers delivering materials or equipment to project sites. We also support the agency’s proposal to let non-driving activities satisfy the agency’s 30-minute rest requirement. This provision will help industry drivers who spend much of their work day loading and unloading materials or equipment, or helping with other project tasks, instead of staying behind the wheel for hours on end.

“Correcting this misapplication of federal requirements is the type of regulatory reform that all sides should support. ARTBA appreciates the Trump administration’s continued efforts to improve a federal regulatory structure that has often impeded the efficient delivery of transportation infrastructure projects.”

For more information visit www.artba.org

Cemen Tech Expands North American Dealer Network

Cemen TechExpands North American Dealer Network

Major new dealer partnerships in the U.S. open up new territories to high-quality volumetric concrete equipment and expertise.  

Cemen Tech, the global leader in volumetric concrete mixing, has announced agreements with two major construction equipment dealerships in the U.S. to sell and service the company’s full line of volumetric concrete mixing equipment. The new dealers are:

“The demand for direct control over concrete scheduling, quality, and quantity, is growing as more customers understand the practical benefits of volumetric concrete mixing,” says Connor Deering, CEO/President ofCemen Tech. “Each of these new partnerships represents regional demand and a connection to established businesses serving road and bridge construction, transportation, and industrial and commercial construction — all large-scale markets benefiting from volumetric concrete mixing.”

Reynolds-Warren serves Georgia, a state benefiting from increasing levels of infrastructure investment and overall growth. The dealership specializes in asphalt and roadbuilding equipment — a natural fit for Cemen Tech.

“Concrete plays a critical role in Georgia’s growing transportation infrastructure — we see a great opportunity for customers to optimize their concrete operations, especially in maintenance/repair operations and local roadwork,” says Dan Dwyer, vice president, Reynolds-Warren.

 

“Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming each fit the current mold of growing western states with steady construction demand and job growth, and Komatsu Equipment Company serves all major construction markets in the region.

“We see large-scale deployments of this technology benefiting our larger construction, governmental and industrial customers while providing other customers serving more specific markets such as landscaping and utility construction new ways to serve clients and grow their business,” says Joel Cook, Vice-President of Sales, Komatsu Equipment Company.

To find a Cemen Tech dealer, and for more information on the company’s line of volumetric concrete production solutions, visit www.CemenTech.com or www.ACCU-POUR.com.
About Cemen Tech Inc.

Cemen Tech, Inc. has 50 years manufacturing and engineering experience in the volumetric mixing industry.  As the industry leader, the company strives to provide the highest quality concrete mixers to its customers.  Cemen Tech currently operates in over 60 countries, services mixers across the globe, and supplies equipment to the United States military. Cemen Tech believes that people, businesses, and communities around the world should have the infrastructure to access clean water, to transport goods and services, and to reliable housing. Their products provide the foundation and stability to meet the needs of a growing world in an environmentally conscious way. www.CemenTech.com

Special ARTBA Report: America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) of 2019 FAST Act Reauthorization – Highway Title


Special ARTBA Report:

America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) of 2019

FAST Act Reauthorization – Highway Title

Summary Analysis

We have a major development to report from the Nation’s Capital relating to the future of the nation’s highway program.  Senate Environment & Public Works Committee leaders July 29 released details of their proposed reauthorization of the federal highway program.  Here are three key takeaways from the “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act” (ATIA) of 2019:

  1. It represents the first program reauthorization in nearly 15 years that would significantly increase investment in traditional core highway accounts;
  2. The proposal is bipartisan; and
  3. It proposes the creation of several new grant programs.

Read ARTBA’s initial summary of the bill. 

The America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 FAST Act Reauthorization – Highway Title ARTBA Summary Analysis

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee July 29 introduced reauthorization legislation that for the first time in nearly 15 years would significantly increase investment in traditional core highway accounts and create several new initiatives and pilot programs. The nearly 470-page “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) of 2019” provides funding from FY 2021 through FY 2025.

The $287.3 billion in spending authority over the life of the bill would yield a $37.9 billion increase above the existing levels of highway investment, plus inflation. Specifically, the measure would increase highway investment by 17 percent in FY 2021, with modest increases in subsequent years.

To put this into context, the increase in annual average funding would be substantially higher than increases seen in the 2012 MAP 21 and 2015 FAST Act laws, as illustrated in the chart below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 FAST Act Reauthorization – Highway Title ARTBA Summary Analysis

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee July 29 introduced reauthorization legislation that for the first time in nearly 15 years would significantly increase investment in traditional core highway accounts and create several new initiatives and pilot programs. The nearly 470-page “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) of 2019” provides funding from FY 2021 through FY 2025.

The $287.3 billion in spending authority over the life of the bill would yield a $37.9 billion increase above the existing levels of highway investment, plus inflation. Specifically, the measure would increase highway investment by 17 percent in FY 2021, with modest increases in subsequent years.

To put this into context, the increase in annual average funding would be substantially higher than increases seen in the 2012 MAP 21 and 2015 FAST Act laws, as illustrated in the chart below.

Chart available at: Read ARTBA’s initial summary of the bill. 

Federal-aid Highway Formula Programs: These make up the bulk of the funding at $249.4 billion. This includes the National Highway Performance Program, Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, Highway Safety Improvement Program, Railway/Highway Grade Crossings, Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Program, Metropolitan Planning Program, National Highway Freight Program, and the Transportation Alternatives Program. As of now, while apportionment formulas remain intact from the FAST Act, neither a programmatic or state-by-state breakdown has been released.

Freight Formula & INFRA Grants: The ATIA continues where the FAST Act left off by including substantial funding dedicated to freight improvements. The $13.93 billion over five years would include an overall seven percent investment boost for these programs from FY 2020 to FY 2021. It would expand eligibility for freight and intermodal rail projects to as much as 30 percent of the programs and makes the lock, dam, and marine highway projects eligible if they are connected to the National Highway Freight Network. The INFRA grant program has a set-aside of $500 million for “Critical Rural Interstate Projects.”

Bridge Investment Program: It would create a new bridge discretionary grant program, administered by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to improve the nation’s bridge conditions by leveraging state, local and private funding sources, similar to the public transit New Starts program. Half of the $6.53 billion over five years comes from the Highway Trust Fund and the other half from the General Fund. One-quarter of the funding must be used on large projects (over $100 million).

The Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program: It provides federal credit assistance in the form of direct loans, loan guarantees, and standby lines of credit to finance surface transportation projects of national and regional significance. ATIA would continue TIFIA investments at $300 million annually but expand eligibility to a certain airport and transit-oriented development projects, as well as the acquisition of plant and wildlife habitat relating to other projects.

It would also require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide most TIFIA applicants with “a specific estimate of the timeline for the approval or disapproval” of its application, preferably within 150 days of the submission of the letter of interest. Similarly, it would require the agency to establish an expedited decision timeline for public agency borrowers meeting certain criteria. To improve the transparency of the process, ATIA would require U.S. DOT to post reports online recapping the status of applications and approvals. It would also allow the agency to spend up to $10 million per year to administer the TIFIA program starting in FY2021, compared to $8.4 million in FY 2020.

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s): To increase transparency relating to P3s undertaken to finance, build, and maintain or operate a surface transportation project, public agency sponsors would need to meet new requirements for each project with an estimated cost of $100 million or more that includes federal-aid dollars. Within three years of opening, the state or local agency would be required to provide U.S. DOT with the following:

1. A report reviewing the private partner’s compliance with the project’s agreement; and

2. Certification that the partner is meeting the terms of that agreement or notification that the partner failed to meet one or more of the terms.

The public agency would need to make this information publicly available, omitting any proprietary or confidential business information.

The bill would require a value-for-money analysis as a condition for federal assistance to certain P3 projects, including those considered “major projects” at an estimated cost of $500 million or more.

Project Delivery & Process Improvement: The measure would codify President Trump’s “One Federal Decision” Executive Order (EO). The EO, originally announced in 2017, was one of the administration’s central reforms to the project review and approval process. Specifically, “One Federal Decision” consolidates all permitting decisions for major infrastructure projects into one single environmental document with a schedule set by the federal “lead” agency. The aim is to reduce delay caused by having multiple agencies with conflicting schedules involved in the permitting process by requiring agency coordination and a single final document, as opposed to multiple decisions. ATIA would also codify “One Federal Decision’s” goal of completing the environmental review process within an average time of two years. Additionally, it would require all authorization decisions for a major project be completed within 90 days of the issuance of a record of decision.

ATIA reforms beyond “One Federal Decision” would include a requirement for U.S. DOT to produce an annual report detailing progress made on improving project delivery, such as savings and identification of problem areas. Further, U.S. DOT would be required to annually submit information to the Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) regarding the median time elapsed between the intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a major project and the issuance of a record of decision. This information would be made available on FPISC’s “dashboard,” which tracks the permitting process for major projects.

Planning & Performance Management: ATIA would update the planning process by reducing existing “fiscal constraint” requirements for long-term transportation plans by eliminating the requirements for projects beyond a four-year time frame. Fiscal constraint requirements often complicate long-term planning because funding could not be predicted beyond the scope of the current reauthorization bill. Under ATIA’s reform, projects in a long-term plan beyond the four-year window would not be constrained by a requirement that they are completed with the level of funding currently available.

Climate Change: ATIA would introduce a variety of new programs and grants aimed at addressing climate change. Specifically, it would make funds available to develop charging stations for alternative fuel vehicles and to encourage electrification of port facilities and the reduction of truck idling. Additionally, ATIA would establish grant programs focused on making infrastructure more resilient, congestion management and encouraging carbon capture and sequestration technologies.

The legislative text can be found here, as well as a summary document issued by the committee here and a section-by-section summary here.

ARTBA staff will distribute further information as it becomes available, along with updates on the progress of the reauthorization process in the coming months. Please contact ARTBA Senior Vice President of Congressional Relations, Dean Franks at dfranks@artba.org or 202.683.1006 with questions.

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ARTBA Reports: Transportation Spending Measure Advances in House

The House Appropriations Committee June 4 advanced a $137.1 billion FY 2020 spending bill covering transportation and housing. The bill would provide $86.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), a slight increase over current funding levels.

The measure was approved in a 29-21 vote, mostly along party lines. The Trump administration had requested an $11 billion reduction in spending. A comparison of this bill to the previous year’s spending levels on highway, transit, and aviation construction programs can be viewed below.

A bipartisan duo, Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), tried and failed to strike three riders that Womack said would “place an unacceptable burden on the trucking industry.” One would prevent U.S. DOT from establishing uniform hours of service rules for truckers, another would require U.S. DOT to publish trucking company safety violations, and the third would prohibit changes to the 30-minute rest break rule. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) also offered an amendment unsuccessfully that would remove a provision from the bill preventing U.S. DOT from taking back funds from California’s high-speed rail project.

House Democrats say they will put a roughly $1 trillion package of five unrelated annual spending bills on the floor next week. The remaining bills, including the transportation measure, are likely to be considered by the full House later this month. Republicans say the appropriations bills should not move forward until the House, Senate and White House agree on top-line spending levels for FY 2020, the approach the Senate has thus far taken.

ARTBA will continue advocating for FAST Act authorized funding levels and increased General Fund spending as this process moves forward.

AEM: Photos Tell the Stories of Equipment Manufacturing Workers

Photos were taken by documentary photographer Brad Romano were unveiled today by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). More than 150 photos were collected as part of an ongoing effort to help tell the story of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry. The photos were taken in April of this year at AGCO Corporation (Jackson, MN), Komatsu (Peoria, IL), Superior Industries (Morris, MN), Vermeer Corporation (Pella, IA), Weiler (Knoxville, IA), and Woods Equipment (Oregon, IL).
The first batch of photos, two dozen in total, are featured on I Make America’s website (AEM’s national grassroots campaign) and on I Make America’s new Instagram account. I Make America is made up of 50,000 supporters from across the country who advocate for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America’s equipment manufacturers compete globally.
“A picture is worth a thousand words, and these photos will help tell the stories of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM’s vice president of government and industry relations. “Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. make decisions that impact our industry, our jobs, and our communities, and we want them to better understand what our industry looks like and get to know some of the men and women who make America.”
AGCO Corporation
“AGCO was proud to take part in this project by featuring the women and men at our Jackson, Minn. manufacturing facility. Our employees make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, so its important policymakers know the decisions they make impacts American manufacturing workers like ours. That’s why telling their story is so important and we feel these photos help do that. AGCO was proud to participate.” – Robert Crain, Senior Vice President, and General Manager Americas, AGCO Corporation
Chase Vaske, AGCO Corporation, all suited up in preparation to enter the machinery painting booth at AGCO’s Jackson, Minn. Manufacturing facility.
Komatsu
“The industries we equip are essential to modern life. Employees at our 28 North American manufacturing facilities are essential contributors to vital economies, producing high-quality equipment that allows our customers to drive society forward. From towns across the United States, our teams bring to life the Komatsu commitment to safety, quality, and reliability. We are honored our teams’ hard work is highlighted in this important photo series from AEM, and grateful for the generations of Komatsu employees who have contributed to our rich history.” – Michael Gidaspow, director of sales and marketing for Komatsu’s North America Central Region
A Komatsu employee at the company’s Peoria Manufacturing Operation in Illinois inspects the quality of work on an electric dump truck component. Komatsu has 28 manufacturing facilities across the United States that produce equipment to support the global construction, mining, forklift, and forestry industries.
Superior Industries
“Generally, most of Superior’s manufacturing facilities are located in small-town America. It’s here where we find loyal employees looking for hard work and lots of opportunities. We’re grateful to AEM for showcasing our humble, rural colleagues. Together, they’re building equipment that strengthens our infrastructure and powers American development.” – Corey Poppe, Communications Manager, Superior Industries
Scott is a pulley welder at Superior’s conveyor components production facility in Morris, Minnesota. Pulleys are an integral component in the manufacturer’s conveyors that are used in the aggregate production process.
Vermeer Corporation
“Our Vermeer team designs, builds and supports equipment that is making an incredible impact. The work of our team here in Pella, Iowa and around the world helps feed and fuel communities, connect people to the necessities of life and manage natural resources. We hope that sharing images of the work of this team helps show the importance of equipment manufacturing to the economy both in the U.S. and globally.” – Jason Andringa, President and CEO, Vermeer
Assemblers on the Vermeer baler line work together to build one of the most iconic pieces of Vermeer equipment, the round baler.
Weiler
“Telling the story of our workers through this photographer’s camera enables us to show policymakers who is most impacted by the decisions they make every day. Weiler depends on skilled workers like the ones featured in these photos to design, engineer and manufacture asphalt paving products in Knoxville, Iowa. They are the reason Weiler is able to produce the equipment needed to build infrastructure through contractors in all fifty states and around the world.” – Megan Weiler Green, Counsel, Weiler
Zach Clark is an Assembler with Weiler. He is installing hydraulic lines to the hydraulic pump of a Weiler road widener.
Woods Equipment
“Our employees are proud of the products we manufacture and even prouder to be building them here in the USA — in the same spot the Woods brothers founded our company in 1946. We have many, many Team Members whose parents, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents worked here. They want to continue the legacy and keep these high-quality jobs in Oregon, Illinois, for their children and grandchildren. That’s why we’re strong supporters of I Make America and do all we can to help AEM tell the story of American workers.” – Angela Kay Larson, Vice President, Marketing, Woods Equipment, a division of Blount International
Jason Grenoble, Batwing® Assembler. Jason Grenoble completes the assembly of a Batwing® rotary cutter
To encourage investment, job growth, and development and production of more equipment in the United States, AEM advocates on behalf of its more than 1,000 members to urge elected officials to champion policies that creates a globally competitive business environment, rebuilds our nation’s infrastructure, opens foreign markets for equipment manufactures in the United States, and keeps the U.S. agricultural economy strong. The association’s membership represents companies with over 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, and utility industries. This year, AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
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About AEM
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S., and 149,000 more in Canada. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $188 billion combined to the U.S. and Canadian economies. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019.
For more information on AEM’s advocacy leadership, please visit www.aem.org/advocacy.
About I Make America
I Make America is the grassroots campaign of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers
(AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America’s
equipment manufacturers compete globally. For more information about I Make America, please visit www.imakeamerica.org.