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State Transportation Statistics 2015

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Table 1-1: Public Road Length, Miles by Functional System: 2013

The State Transportation Statistics 2015 report contains comprehensive, quantitative data on the following topics: Infrastructure; Safety; Freight Transportation; Passenger Travel; Registered Vehicles and Vehicle-Miles Traveled; Economy and Finance; Energy and Environment

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ACEC Launches Infrastructure Ad Campaign

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
ACEC Infrastructure Ad Campaign - POLITICO

“Americans have high expectations of the Senate and House conferees now hammering out final details of the long-term highway bill that has eluded us for 10 years.”

– David A. Raymond, president/CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

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What the Presidential Candidates Need to Know about Infrastructure

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The problem runs from top to bottom. Political wrangling and dysfunction mean that the federal government has ceased to be a reliable partner and effective leader. Furthermore, the rise in federal interest payments, the increase in entitlement spending, and the decline in traditional sources of government revenue, such as the gasoline tax, mean that competition for limited resources is fierce.

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America THINKS 2015 Public Transit Survey

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
In the last 12 months, I’ve taken public transportation instead of driving because...*

Today, two-thirds of Americans are using public transportation because they believe it provides benefits not available when driving. While public transportation use is at high levels, more people can be encouraged to ride if they are provided with service improvements and added amenities…A new America THINKS survey by HNTB Corporation, a national infrastructure solutions firm, explores why Americans are using public transportation, what they like and don’t like, and offers public transportation agencies some of their ideas that could increase ridership.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Andrew Curtis Right, Executive Director, Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Andrew Curtis Right, Executive Director, BATIC

Andrew Curtis Right is Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Executive Director of the Build America Transportation Investment Center. The Build America Transportation Investment Center serves as the single point of contact and coordination for states, municipalities and project sponsors looking to utilize federal transportation expertise, apply for federal transportation credit programs and explore ways to access private capital in public private partnerships.

“If you’re going to build a road today you’ve got to bid out the contract, and someone has to pay for it. And in the past the money has typically come from the Highway Trust Fund, or from the federal government, or from state and local taxes, et cetera. Going forward, the issue is a P3 really involves a different layer of procuring and risk sharing, and effectively of financing, where the state or the municipality or the sponsor doesn’t have to pay up front as part of a contract…”

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Market Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Clean Power Plan Emissions Rate Goals: Projection of needed progress from 2020‐2030 (Source: EPA and SNL data)

BLACK & VEATCH Introduction On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel electric generating units (EGUs). The final rule establishes CO2 emission performance rates based upon the EPA’s determination of the best system of emission […]

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City of the Future: Technology and Mobility

Monday, November 9th, 2015
Years projected out in transportation plans

Mobility options are fundamental to providing a robust platform for economic activity and human interaction within the urban environment. Today, rapid technological advances coupled with shifts in demographics and public preferences are dramatically altering the nature of transportation in America’s cities. Technology’s ever-growing impact has profound and far-reaching implications for the future of urban mobility

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Industrial Efficiency in the Changing Utility Landscape

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Annual Electricity Consumption Has Decreased on Average: U.S. percentage demand growth, 1950-2040


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Infrastructure Repair Is About People, Not Profits

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Wall Street

As we sit and watch our infrastructure crumble, what can we do? We all depend on the roads, the bridges, the canals, the rails. But we’re not in the same position as Congress. We don’t play the role of financing the renovation. They pass the bills, then we do the work. But the question still remains. What can the individual do in the face of a system that struggles with enabling the individual to do anything?

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ZOMBIE UTILITIES: A Scary Scenario for U.S. Cities

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Richard Kauffmann and Andrew Shapiro discuss the very real prospect of “Zombie Utilities” on Fortune Brainstorm.

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