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‘No silver bullet … just a lot of silver BBs’

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

“There is no silver bullet, just a lot of silver BBs.” That’s how U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin described the conundrum facing state and local government leaders dealing with funding shortfalls. At a Tuesday congressional hearing on leveraging federal transportation funding, panelists explained that transportation needs can’t be solved by placing all responsibility on state and local governmental entities. There is agreement that transportation officials need funding options just to maintain the current transportation infrastructure, but state and local leaders are arguing for continued investment from the federal government as well.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Anthony B. Bouchard, PE, North America Unit President, CDM Smith

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“We’re seeing, over the course of my career, the last 30-plus years, a significant improvement in the public’s understanding of the state of our infrastructure. Does it accelerate that understanding when we have some significant, real and perceived, failures of systems? I think it does. It’s unfortunate that that has to occur to help educate, but when that does happen we’re offered a unique opportunity to expand on the work that’s done…My opinion is continued education and communication on the importance and value of infrastructure is critically important, and we can do that by engaging more people in the infrastructure discussion.”

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It’s Time To Build

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Infrastructure Week 2017

In Washington and across the country, there is a growing consensus that it’s time to rebuild America. Few investments would have a greater positive impact on our economy than infrastructure modernization—especially on small and midsize businesses that rely on efficient transportation of goods and reliable access to customers. For businesses, communities, and families, the economic benefit of modernization will be profound. It’s time to get it done. We must not let this moment pass us by.

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Basics of Trump’s infrastructure plan may be released soon

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. There is a possibility that, by the end of this month,  President Donald Trump will release the guiding “principles” of his eagerly awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outlined some of the priorities in the plan for “restoring, rebuilding, refurbishing and […]

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America’s Infrastructure Needs a Mix of Funding Solutions That Work

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Interstate 10 - Papago Freeway Tunnel / Deck Park Tunnel at Night (3) by Alan Stark

When safe and efficient infrastructure is what everybody clearly wants, this shouldn’t be controversial. From the halls of power in Washington, DC to congested local roads and interstate highways across the country, a consensus is emerging: It’s time to invest in rebuilding America’s vital infrastructure.

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Welcome to Infrastructure Week 2017: Check the Calendar for Events Near You

Monday, May 15th, 2017
Infrastructure Week 2017

Agencies, organizations, businesses and advocates are hosting Infrastructure Week events around the country, from Washington, DC to Los Angeles (and everywhere in between). Check the calendar to find out how you can learn about the issues, participate in discussions and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD by attending an event near you.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, American Association of Railroads (AAR)

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Edward Hamberger on The Infra Blog

“There is an incredible need to educate. One of the big frustrations in our freight rail industry is that people do not appreciate the importance of freight and don’t realize that we are—along with the trucking industry and along with the barge and towing industry—critical to the nation’s economy. People just seem to think about freight railroads when they’re sitting, watching it go by, and being frustrated that the gate is down at a grade crossing. It is, from a public policy standpoint, critical that Congress and the Administration will recognize the importance of freight.”

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Moving people and freight at 800 miles an hour? Really?

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Hyperloop Cutaway

Have you heard about “vehicles” that zip passengers to their destinations at speeds of nearly 800 miles per hour? At that speed, one could travel the 240 miles from Dallas to Austin in 15 minutes, make the 380-mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour and the 235-mile trip between Miami and Orlando in 26 minutes. This mode of transportation is called hyperloop, and operates by ferrying passengers from one location to another through frictionless pneumatic tubes.

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Will the nation’s water infrastructure needs be overlooked again?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Gross Reservoir in Boulder County, Colorado. The reservoir is owned by Denver Water. Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Industry experts and government officials fear that when President Donald Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan is finally “laid out,” water infrastructure projects could largely be “left out.”…The president has already given preliminary indications that water projects are not likely to be ranked at the top of his priority list. That is more than unfortunate. Water resources are critical aspects of sustainability for the nation.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Patrick J. Foye on The Infra Blog

“Interesting fact: two thirds of the people that used to travel between Washington and New York used to travel by the shuttle, by air, and a third by rail; and now the numbers are reversed: it’s two thirds by Amtrak or other regional rail and a third by air, and I think that speaks to the resurgence in rail. And I think also increasing numbers of travelers are interested in being responsible commuters, whether it’s a trip across the Hudson or a trip to Washington, and I think that influences their choice of commute and travel as well.”

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