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Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

State and Federal Fuel Taxes: The Road Ahead for U.S. Infrastructure Funding

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Table 1: Summary of state tax rates in cents per mile for gasoline, diesel, and E85.

Indexing fuel taxes to inflation in addition to imposing a states’ sales tax increases revenue significantly but suffers from a continuous decline in the long-run due to increased fuel efficiency. Our results indicate that although a mileage fee is politically and technologically difficult to achieve, it avoids a declining tax revenue in the long-run.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Presidential Review: Which Candidate is Best for Business?

Monday, September 26th, 2016
ACEC

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) By Alan Joch At a time of prolonged economic uncertainty, the stakes in this year’s election couldn’t be higher. Here’s a guide to help engineers weigh the industry impact of each candidate’s economic proposals As we near the 2016 presidential election, many executives remain concerned about the future strength […]

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Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Figure 1. Transit corridor livability visioning and improvement process steps

While livability has received increasing attention in planning and policy circles recently, agreement as to how to define, measure, and create it has been elusive. This is especially true in terms of the livability benefits of transit investments. While livability definitions tend to boil livability down to serving diverse people with diverse opportunities (RITA Office of Research, Development, and Technology 2011), most have not been specific enough to measure it consistently and implement it effectively. Furthermore, getting specific about livability—particularly when focusing on the livability benefits of transit-supportive investments—may cause those who do not care for transit to dismiss it.

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A Fork in the Road? The Outlook for Transportation Infrastructure in the City and County of Milwaukee

Friday, September 16th, 2016
Milwaukee, WI: Snapshot: Fiscal Outlook for Transportation Infrastructure Needs

While citizens have varying views and expectations regarding the role and responsibilities of local governments, most would agree that providing, maintaining, and updating public infrastructure is a fundamental governmental responsibility. On the local level, that responsibility extends from streets and buses, to sewer and water systems, to fire and police equipment, to parks and cultural facilities, to public buildings that citizens use to access government services.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Dolesh, Vice President of Conservation & Parks, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Richard Dolesh on The Infra Blog

“The idea of green infrastructure in parks is beautifully suited to the whole notion of community engagement and empowerment…Citizens often feel they don’t have a voice in how their government works and the projects that they commit to and how money is spent, but in the notion of putting green infrastructure stormwater management in parks, it opens up a whole new realm of how and what citizens can do to influence the outcomes of how stormwater is managed.”

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Investor Insights about Infrastructure Growth

Monday, August 8th, 2016
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

This factsheet outlines key insights that will help policy and market makers understand how to meet investor expectations and expand the infrastructure market.

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Successful Strategies for Broadband Public-Private Partnerships

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Spectrum of Cooperation for Local Networks

…most Americans continue to only have one option for high-speed Internet access, according to the Federal Communications Commission, often a cable network with limited upload speeds. Smart cities are realizing they need to act or risk being left behind. However, many do not want to embrace the purely municipal model, where the city would engage in direct competition with existing providers…One way for those communities to move forward is with a public-private partnership (PPP). But for all the excitement around this model, there are few concrete examples from which to draw lessons.

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New Mexico: Water Project Dollars Slow to Spend

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Local ICIP Requests—Five Years (2017-2022)

Water, along with adequate roads and a skilled workforce, set the bar for economic growth. A deficiency in any of these three key factors lowers the state’s ability to attract, retain, and grow businesses and jobs for advancing citizen welfare. By itself, investment in water infrastructure would add 36 thousand jobs each year for 20 years in New Mexico, according to the National Association of Water Companies. But funding is in decline to support such an aggressive investment plan.

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The Lessons of Long-Term Privatization: Why Chicago Got it Wrong and Indiana Got it Right

Friday, July 29th, 2016
manhattan institute - parking meters

Today, cash-strapped U.S. cities and states are selling or leasing government assets, particularly transportation infrastructure. The sale or lease of such assets can be beneficial to the public; but the long-term nature of these deals makes them potentially far more risky than contracts to run bus service or repair city-owned vehicles.

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Connecting Cook County, IL: 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
FIGURE 1.1 PURPOSE OF TRIPS TAKEN BY COUNTY RESIDENTS

Cook County’s transportation system is one of its greatest assets, having a central—even dominant—role in the national and international movement of people and goods. As this plan Connecting Cook County will outline, this competitive advantage is being threatened by the actions other regions are taking, as well as the Chicago region’s own limits in confronting significant challenges.

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