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The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year. The biggest story was what didn’t happen: Congress failed to produce a long-term highway bill, thereby continuing the gradual downward spiral of U.S. infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers grades American infrastructure as a D+. It also says that if the U.S. does not reinvest in transportation, businesses will pay an extra $430 million in transportation costs by 2020. Last year a senior Caterpillar executive told Congress that his company routes 40% of its exports through Canadian ports because they’re faster than U.S. ports – even though they’re farther away. But Congress is not yet engaged on the issue the way it will need to be in order to overcome resistance […]

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