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Roundup: July 24, 2017

State Issues

Funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is in question as the congressional earmark ban continues to restrict legislators’ control over the budgetary process.

As support for county-wide transit increases, Gwinnett County is moving forward with plans to innovate and expand local transportation options through a Comprehensive Transit Development Plan.

Continuing in its blistering modernization pace, MARTA is rolling out a mobile ticketing system which will be developed over the next few years to enable passengers to pay for service via mobile phone app.

Governor Nathan Deal announced that total June tax revenues were up 2.6% over last year, in conjunction with a 1% increase in motor fuel tax revenues over 2016.

Federal Issues

Last week, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee approved legislation to relax federal regulations on autonomous vehicles, temporarily enabling manufacturers to test self-driving vehicles while federal safety standards are developed. The legislation is expected to advance for a full committee mark-up this week.

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics Freight Services Index, which indicates the amount of freight being carried by the transportation industry, reported a 2.2% increase from April to May. This increase is the largest one-month Index increase since December of 2011.

According to The Association of American Railroads, coal carloads carried by U.S. railroads grew 18% year-over-year for the first half of 2017.

Miscellaneous

For the third time this year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport set a record for single-day passenger screenings, with 92,421 passengers departing over the July 4th weekend.

Volvo has announced plans to phase out use of its internal combustion-only engine, starting in 2018. The announcement caused an approximate 7% drop in Telsa’s shares.

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