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Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

Georgia State Rail Plan

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
Georgia State Rail Plan

A highlight of Georgia DOT’s State Rail Plan which serves as a statewide long-range rail planning document and provides comprehensive railroad industry data.

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Wasted: How to Fix America’s Sewers

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Figure 1: U.S. Combined-Sewer Systems Serving Populations of 50,000 or More

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE
The biggest capital project, by far, in many American cities is one that few of their citizens even know about and that almost none has ever seen: the legally mandated retrofitting of “combined sewers,” sewers in which storm-water runoff and sanitary waste from buildings are channeled into the same pipes to reduce or eliminate overflows of untreated wastewater into local waterways.

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It’s Time for States to Invest in Infrastructure

Monday, February 29th, 2016
Figure 1: Public Infrastructure Has Been Neglected

CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES
Reversing the decline in state investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure is key to creating good jobs and promoting full economic recovery — and this is an especially good time for states to do it.

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Indiana: History and Analysis of Gas Taxes

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Figure 1. Inflation-Adjusted Gasoline Excise Taxes, USA and Indiana (1932-2015); Figure 2. Sales Tax Cost per Gallon of Retail Gasoline in Indiana (1962-2015)

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH
With gasoline taxes static or declining due to inflation, the costs of constructing and maintaining roadways and developing congestion relief has grown. The cost per mile of road maintenance has increased roughly 22 percent since the late 1990s and will certainly continue to grow in the coming years (ITEP, 2013). The real (inflation-adjusted) reduction in the gasoline excise tax reduces the state’s ability to fund highway construction, operations, maintenance and relieve congestion. In addition, there have been other issues that affect the stability of the gasoline excise tax revenue.

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ARTBA: Over 58,495 Structurally Deficient Bridges in the U.S. Are in Need of Repair

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
ARTBA logo

According to ARTBA, “There are nearly 204 million daily crossings on 58,495 U.S. structurally deficient bridges in need of repair.” The term structurally deficient refers to any bridge wherein “one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in ‘poor’ or worse condition.” The most-trafficked bridge on the list, in Los Angeles, CA, carries nearly 300,000 passengers each day.

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Building California’s Future Begins Today

Friday, February 19th, 2016
CALIFORNIA INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS AND FUNDING GAPS

OFFICE OF THE STATE TREASURER OF CALIFORNIA
JOHN CHIANG, TREASURER

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Ride Along The Rails from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

Friday, February 12th, 2016
Ride Along The Rails from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

Get a firsthand look at the railroad projects being completed along the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor with federal and state funding for the Piedmont Improvement Program.

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Obama’s FY 2017 Transportation Budget Proposal: Dead On Arrival

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 27, No. 1
In a gesture that looks more like a political testament than a realistic budget proposal, the Obama Administration unveiled a $4.1 trillion plan to fund the federal government in Fiscal Year 2017. The budget includes a hefty $98.1 billion for transportation— a 60% increase over the current annual spending level. To partly pay for the new spending, the Administration is calling for a $10 per barrel tax on oil that would translate roughly into a 25 cent/gallon increase in the price of gasoline at the pump.

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ACEC’s ENGINEERING INC. — 2016 Legislative Outlook: Hopeful Signs

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
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AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
Presidential election cycles represent opportunities for big changes—at least that’s what candidates promise in their stump speeches. In reality, the months leading up to voting day are often characterized by inaction, especially in an era when representatives from both political parties are more focused on waging political battles rather than passing needed legislation.

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Hood River Valley, OR: The Farmer’s Irrigation District

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Hood River Valley, OR: The Farmer’s Irrigation District

The FID’s existing open ditch irrigation system wasn’t reliable, agricultural runoff was causing water quality issues, and the system was wasting water resources. To help solve the issues, the FID used CWSRF loans to pipe and pressurize the irrigation system and to install in-pipe hydroelectric generators. The enhanced system provides irrigators reliable access to water; a range of water-savings irrigation options; and reduced labor costs and conserves six billion gallons of water annually.

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