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San Diego Investing $200 Million in Regional Bike Network

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
The San Diego region is investing $200 million in bicycle facilities. Image: oyonabike!

Our hometown Seattle will soon be eclipsed by another city (a more conservative one!) when it comes to bicycle infrastructure. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently approved a $200 million, ten-year plan to build out 77 miles of new bikeways. Many of the 42 projects are focused on completing two bike corridors that have been on the drawing board for years, the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail and the 21-mile Inland Rail Trail…It’s another example of a region taking charge of its transportation future, and not waiting for Congress to fund its needs.

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Financing Transportation Infrastructure the Traditional Way

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 15
…a transition from federal funding to public and private financing of new transportation infrastructure is already well underway —and it is likely to continue and grow given persistent deficits and pressures to reduce federal discretionary spending. Automatic sequester cuts which are to rise from $84 billion in 2013 to $109 billion in 2014, could place ever tighter constraints on government’s ability to increase spending for infrastructure in the years ahead.

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The New Mississippi River Bridge Is a Boon to the Region

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
New Mississippi River Bridge Construction

Next year will be better for St. Louis drivers, thanks to the soon-to-be-completed new Mississippi River Bridge. The bridge will make a difference to congestion, safety, and commuting times. The new bridge will be about a mile north of the existing Poplar Street Bridge.

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The Stunning Collapse Of Infrastructure Spending In One Chart

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Collapsing Bridge

By Alan Pyke
After hovering around $300 billion per year from the middle of President George W. Bush’s tenure through 2010, government spending on building things not related to defense fell by about $60 billion in just a few years. The drop is a result of Republicans blocking President Obama’s efforts to invest in infrastructure that the country needs.

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Let the Renaissance Begin

Monday, November 4th, 2013

By Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director & CEO, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)
With state governments and regional agencies leading the way, America might just be entering a renaissance in highway construction, reconstruction, and financing. Over the last year, more than 35 state legislatures have taken up bills to address the transportation funding gap. The trend extends to every part of the country, crossing the line between red and blue states. In the absence of federal policy action, as Kevin Robillard of Politico wrote earlier this year, states are coming up with their own prescriptions to deal with our national transportation woes.

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One Way States Can Improve Veterans Transportation

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
One Way States Can Improve Veterans Transportation

Transportation Issues Daily This action to improve veterans transportation seems like a no brainer, but few states are doing it. According to this chart – from early in 2013 and so admittedly now outdated – few states actually include veterans in their transportation coordination efforts.  Doesn’t this seem odd?  Still, many transportation providers work with […]

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Port of Prince Rupert Acquires Another Crane to Compete for Panamax Ships

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Port of Prince Rupert Acquires Another Crane to Compete for Panamax Ships

Transportation Issues Daily Last month the Port of Prince Rupert received another super crane and expanded its capability to receive Panamax ships. The Port now has four super cranes. “The arrival of a fourth crane for our container operations will further enhance our ability to quickly and efficiently turn around container vessels at Fairview Terminal. […]

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A Major Court Rebuke for the California Bullet Train

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 12
The California High Speed Rail project was dealt a serious blow when Judge Michael P. Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court ruled on August 16 that the California High-Speed Rail Authority “abused its discretion by approving a funding plan that did not comply with the requirements of the law.”

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Do Labor and Business Agree on Federal Permitting Improvement Proposal?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Do Labor and Business Agree on Federal Permitting Improvement Proposal?

Transportation Issues Daily Labor and business groups are enthusiastically supporting a proposal to streamline the permitting process for large infrastructure projects.  See our story, “Bipartisan Proposal Offers Three Reforms to Streamline Project Delivery” for details about the legislative proposal. Proponents note that the U.S. “ranks 17th in the world for the time it takes to […]

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What Kind of Bike Lanes Are Safest?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
What Kind of Bike Lanes Are Safest?

Transportation Issues Daily The research seems pretty clear on what kind of bike lanes are safest, and bring out the most bicyclists: cycle tracks. But perhaps it is not clear enough: Hennepin County (Minnesota) is intent on building in-the-street,non-separated bicycle lanes instead of separated cycle tracks. David Maki was skeptical, solicited input from some experts, […]

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