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ACEC Engineering Business Index – 4th Quarter 2015

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
ACEinC Business Index

A big factor behind the jump in CEO sentiment was the passage of the five-year $305 billion surface transportation program. Twelve-month growth expectations for the Transportation market, which has languished for years due to the Federal Government’s failure to provide long-term funding, leaped from 58.4 to 70.1.

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Ramping Up Mississippi’s Economy Through Transportation

Monday, January 4th, 2016
Posted Bridges in Mississippi

Through extensive research, the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Transportation Infrastructure Task Force has determined it is vital that Mississippi increase its investment in state and local transportation infrastructure. The Task Force understands that an investment in transportation is needed for the following reasons: increased vehicle fuel efficiency and inflation are shrinking the purchasing power of our current revenue; an expanding number of highways, roads, and bridges in poor or deficient condition is risking the safety of our drivers and handicapping businesses with a deteriorating system of receiving and delivering goods and products; and ignoring the problem now will only lead to exponentially greater costs for maintenance and rehabilitation in the future.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Rod Diridon, Sr., Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Rod Diridon on The Infra Blog

Rod Diridon, Sr., served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute from 1995, four years after the Institute’s creation, until 2014 when he moved to Emeritus status. Mr. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment.

“The minimum gas prices around the world are more than double, sometimes triple, the United States…Now the public in America wants a gas tax increase: the polls show it. The polls show that if the gas tax increase will be used for transportation and infrastructure improvements, then the public supports it sometimes as high as 80%…But the U.S. can’t do it because Congress doesn’t have the courage.”

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Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Report Card for Alabama

The bad news is that Alabama’s infrastructure has some challenges that you should know about before it’s too late to keep these systems from breaking down. Infrastructure deteriorates every single day as it ages, just as our bodies do, and many of these critical systems are reaching the end of their useful life…The good news is there are solutions to all these challenges , and we can raise Alabama’s infrastructure grades. By learning more today about the conditions of the infrastructure you use every day, you too can help raise the grade.

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Public Perception of Mileage-Based User Fees

Monday, December 28th, 2015
Figure 1: Support for MBUF by Polling Year. Note: Sample size = 28. Five questions on general support for MBUFs are excluded from this figure because the poll extended over multiple years or the information on the year the poll occurred was unavailable.

In recent years, the real value of fuel tax revenues has declined significantly as a result of increasing vehicle fuel efficiency, failure to adjust tax rates to keep up with inflation, and fewer miles driven. This decline in the purchasing power of the revenues collected has led to ongoing funding challenges for transportation infrastructure and increased uncertainty about future funding options. The long term sustainability of motor fuel taxes has come into question, in view of increasing fuel efficiency and possible shifts to alternative fuel vehicles. Interest has grown in the potential of replacing the current fuel tax — assessed at the federal level and in many states as a flat fee per gallon — with new road usage charge assessed on all miles traveled. This method is often referred to as a mileage-based user fee (MBUF), road usage charge (RUC), vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee, or per-mile tax.

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Why Is America’s Infrastructure Collapsing?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Why Is America’s Infrastructure Collapsing?

Once the world leader in infrastructure, the United States has fallen far behind in 16th place. So just how bad are America’s roads?

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Capital Ideas II: State Transportation Funding Lessons from 2015 & Challenges for 2016

Friday, December 18th, 2015
2015 State legislation to raise additional transportation revenue

After years of inactivity on the issue, transportation funding has increasingly become a critical issue in states both red and blue and elected state representatives have responded by moving to raise new funding at the state and even local level. With 12 states successfully taking action this year, 2015 had the largest number of successful increases in state transportation funding since Transportation for America began tracking this phenomenon several years ago.

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Transportation: The Path to Florida’s Future

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Transportation: The Path to Florida’s Future

The Florida Chamber of Commerce knows that it’s time for Florida to start investing in the future by investing in transportation infrastructure.

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Connecticut’s Top Transportation Issues

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Costs to drivers in the Bridgeport/Stamford, Hartford and New Haven urban areas of driving on roads that are deteriorated, congested and lack some desirable safety features.

An efficient, safe and well-maintained transportation system provides economic and social benefits by affording individuals access to employment, housing, healthcare, education, goods and services, recreation, entertainment, family, and social activities. It also provides businesses with access to suppliers, markets and employees, all critical to a business’ level of productivity and ability to expand. Conversely, reduced accessibility and mobility – as a result of traffic congestion, a lack of adequate capacity, or deteriorated roads, highways, bridges and transit facilities – diminishes a region’s quality of life by reducing economic productivity and limiting opportunities for economic, health or social transactions and activities.

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Nevada Celebrates New FRI (Fuel Revenue Indexing) Projects

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
Nevada Celebrates New FRI (Fuel Revenue Indexing) Projects

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and City of North Las Vegas (NLV) hosted a grand opening celebration for four Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) projects.

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