Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Are You Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles?

The transportation industry is on the verge of a major revolution as personal and commercial vehicles transition from incorporating some driver-assisting technologies to actually becoming highly autonomous, self-driving...more

MDOT Files New Bridge Condemnations

Notwithstanding Maroun Court of Claims lawsuit attacking propriety of the Gordie Howe Bridge Project, the MDOT has filed dozens of new condemnations including against Maroun entities. On Friday, I posted a blog...more

Key Goals For The Next Secretary Of Transportation

A safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable transportation system is the lifeblood of this nation. It is critical to the economic prosperity of this country and to the well-being of everyone who lives here. It connects us to...more

Will the Trump Administration Hit the Brakes on the Speed Limiter Rule?

One controversial rule proposal that many expect will not become final under the new Trump Administration is the Speed Limiter rule proposed by two agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway...more

Moroun Seeks to Block Gordie Howe Bridge Condemnations

Companies controlled by Mannie Maroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge, have filed a lawsuit seeking to block MDOT condemnations to acquire property for the Gordie Howe Bridge. Mannie Maroun has spent years attempting to...more

Aviation Reform Under the Trump Administration: What to Expect

President-Elect Donald Trump has indicated strong interest in two areas: infrastructure development and regulatory reform. Several potentially important developments in the aviation sector are anticipated in both...more

DBE Contracting Opportunities under the Trump Administration

With President-elect Trump’s promise to turn America’s crumbling infrastructure into an opportunity for accelerated economic growth, there are likely to be significant investments in the next four years in transportation,...more

Massachusetts Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Rules for Electric Generation, Natural Gas, and Transportation Sectors

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) released draft rules that would impose new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) requirements on the electric energy sector, gas distribution...more

PHMSA Sets Standards to Enhance Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

On December 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation (DOT), issued an Interim Final Rule (the “IFR”) to implement safety standards for the...more

Proposed Rule Would Mandate Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication On Light Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The aim of the...more

DOT Weighs Whether to Permit Voice Calls on Airlines with Advance Notice to Passengers

Imagine boarding a cross-country flight and finding yourself next to someone who will be talking on his or her cell phone for the next three hours. Would it make a difference if you knew ahead of time that the flight allowed...more

Long-Awaited Federal Driverless Car Policy

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently updated its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy for the first time since 2013. In her Daily Journal article “Long-Awaited...more

December 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s proposed rule on the use of cell phones to make voice calls on commercial flights, the results of DOT’s negotiated rulemaking on accessible...more

District Court’s NEPA Judgment Vacated In Case Rendered Moot

On December 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided the case of Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, et al., v. North Carolina Department of Transportation, et al. The Fourth Circuit concluded that, “[b]ecause...more

Financiación del Transporte Público con Desarrollos Orientados al Transporte

Desde la aparición de los primeros sistemas de transporte público, se ha reconocido que los espacios contiguos a las estaciones de trenes son idóneos, especialmente, para urbanizaciones de usos múltiples. La gente está...more

FMCSA Announces CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

In 2012, Congress directed the Department of Transportation to establish a national clearinghouse containing Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operators’ violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and...more

Disturbing Facts About the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Driving distractions endanger the lives of drivers, passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. By educating the American public about the danger that distracted driving imposes and the impact it has throughout...more

2017 California Construction Law Update

To say it’s been an exciting year in politics would be an understatement. While most of the nation’s attention was focused on the presidential election, state legislatures, including California’s, were busy at work. The...more

Under Construction - December 2016

Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with...more

Trump Transition Team Taps Transportation Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced his pick to head the Department of Transportation: Elaine L. Chao. Ms. Chao is clearly a veteran of Washington: as the Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush, and a deputy...more

DOT Creates CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, Imposing Employer Reporting and Query Obligations

On December 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule establishing a new “Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.” The Clearinghouse will provide a central database identifying...more

Stevens Transport Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Air Force Veteran With Bipolar Disorder as Truck Driver, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Stevens Transport, the largest refrigerated trucking company in Texas and one of the top four largest...more

A Deal on New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund: What Does it Mean for Affected Contractors?

As a follow-up to our July post on New Jersey state budget problems threatening public construction projects, the political fight over funding New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (“TTF”) finally ended on September 30,...more

In Effort to Increase Both Transparency and Safety, PHMSA Releases Civil Penalty Framework

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued a General Policy Statement for civil penalties (“Penalty Framework”) on October 17, 2016. The Penalty Framework...more

Civil Penalties Up For Some Aviation Violations

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued an interim final rule to increase the maximum aviation-related civil penalty amounts to adjust for inflation. The rule became effective on August 10, 2016, and will apply...more

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