When it comes to rail traffic in Vermont, hazardous materials data is hard to get

The Lac Megantic catastrophe raises questions about the agencies charged with keeping track of hazardous materials shipped by rail. In Vermont, the state remains largely in the dark.

State seeks online system for motor vehicle inspections

Paper forms will be eliminated for service technicians who perform inspections. Project could take up to 2 years.

F-35 supporter believes petitions should be included in gauging public opinion

After acknowledging an error in revised EIS, Air Force contractor clarifies how signatures are used.

Legislative Wrap-up: Transportation

The Legislature raised the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon to avoid losing $60 million in federal transportation funds. And undocumented farmworkers in Vermont gained the right to obtain driving privilege cards.

Driver’s license debate still packs last-minute controversies

Reps. Duncan Kilmartin, R/D-Newport, and Kurt Wright, R-Burlington, said identity fraud and national security concerns prompted their opposition.

Shumlin-brokered compromise transportation package breezes by House and Senate in same day

Once the governor signs the bill, the new tax will go into effect by May 1.

Senate backs gas and diesel tax hike, calling it necessary evil

In a 23-5 vote, Vermont Senate approves 7.5 cent per gallon tax on gas Friday; tax set to take effect on May 1.

Trucking firms plead for moderation in diesel tax increase

Part of the reason for raising the diesel tax, explained Senate Transportation member Sen. Richard Westman, R-Lamoille, is to balance the tax burden broadly and fairly among all users of the state’s transportation infrastructure.

FEMA grants funding eligibility for culvert replacement in Townshend

The staff of state and federal lawmakers stressed that the decision to make the project eligible as a “406 hazard mitigation measure” applies only to this one appeal for Townshend.

Margolis: “Prius Tax,” rebuffed in the House, has support in the Senate

Sen. Richard Mazza, the Democrat who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, also said he was “interested in it, because we have to be interested in it.”

Vermont House backs gas tax rise despite Republican objections

Overall, Vermonters will see a 7.5 cent increase in gas taxes, by 2014, with the first phase of the tax coming this May.

CNN’s Vermont rail story went way on the wrong track

AOT Secretary Brian Searles said he “had extensive conversations (with CNN staff) over time and on that day. They came here with an agenda to attack the high speed rail program.”

Transportation funding gap widens as gas tax revenues weaken

This year alone Vermont will see a roughly $30 million gap in state transportation revenues.

State transportation budget faces $250 million annual funding shortfall

“For the state to solve this problem [alone], we’d have to more than double what Vermonters are currently paying through a variety of sources – taxes and fees – to fund the transportation system. That’s simply not realistic,” Searles said.

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