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Roundup: June 7, 2017

State Issues

Georgia is one of the first states with a truly comprehensive autonomous vehicle regulatory structure.

Tennessee and South Carolina are joining Georgia in raising revenue for transportation infrastructure.

Airbus has launched a commercial drone business in Atlanta. According to the Wall Street Journal, PwC estimates that the global market for drone services will be worth more than $127 billion by 2020.

MARTA has officially broken ground on the $25 million Trackside transit-oriented development in Chamblee.

Federal Issues

More talk is bubbling around raising the national gas tax. Last week, White House Infrastructure Advisor Richard LeFrak said that he is in favor of raising the gas tax, and prominent Midwest conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt also wrote in the Washington Post that the President should consider a gas tax hike.

The Trump Administration has released a fact sheet indicating the principles that will govern its anticipated infrastructure package. Among other things, it seems to endorse the expansion of tolling as a way to meet the campaign promise of $1 trillion toward infrastructure.

On May 10, Senator John Thune, the third ranking Senator in the United States Senate, warned advocates not to expect an infrastructure package in 2017.

International Issues

Maersk Line believes that the shipping industry is emerging from one of the worst downturns in recent history (one in which Hanjin, a major South Korean shipper, declared bankruptcy).

Miscellaneous

On May 11, the largest container ship ever to arrive on the East Coast docked at the Port of Savannah.

 

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