Congress Passes 5-Year Highway Bill; What Does It Mean for Trucking?

Earlier this year, our President and CEO, Rocky Caylor accompanied the Illinois Trucking Association contingency to the “ITA Call On Washington”. The trip was essential in supporting the increased funding bill for our nation’s highways and bridges, among other safety and economic issues facing the trucking industry.

The US Senate and Congress both stamped their approval on a new multi-year, federal highway bill this week and sent it to White House where President Obama is expected to sign the bill as early as today.  Noticeably missing from the FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act is a meaningful increase to funding for our nation's highways and bridges.
 
The ITA would like to thank our state trucking association affiliates and especially our national affiliate, the American Trucking Associations, who fought hard over the past several months to include many pro-trucking pieces to the final bill while also fighting off anti-trucking amendments that would have made our industry less safe and cost us more in taxes and fees. Click here for the initial analysis of the FAST Act from the ATA.