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Railroad Financing: Changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Number and Dollar Amount of Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program Loans Approved, Fiscal Years 1998 through 2015, by Loan Type

Financing the various rail infrastructure projects will be challenging. Congress has not funded the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program—a program used to fund passenger rail projects—since fiscal year 2010 and appropriations to Amtrak have remained relatively steady at about $1.4 billion over the last 5 years. One potential source of funding is FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, which is a $35 billion loan and loan guarantee program to finance, among other things, freight and passenger rail facilities. Since program inception in 1998 about $2.7 billion in loans have been executed, and no loan guarantees have been made.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Congressman Peter DeFazio

In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development.

“[Citizens] need to speak up, speak out. They need to contact their members of congress, their senators. They need to particularly weigh in in an election year and, go to a debate, or ask them a question as publicly as you can, ‘what are you going to do to fix Americas infrastructure?'”

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Winner’s Circle

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Jon Magnusson addresses the EEA Gala audience after his firm, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, wins the 2006 Grand Conceptor Award for the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
Every year, ACEC Member Firms design thousands of projects around the globe. Many of these projects push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and overall excellence and redefine best practices— all in the hope of enhancing quality of life…ACEC’s national Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition annually celebrates these achievements. An astute judging panel of built-environment practitioners painstakingly examines entries, which already have achieved top state-level honors, to select the best of the best.

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Pension funds make billions available for infrastructure projects

Monday, July 18th, 2016
Mary Scott Nabers, president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships Inc.

Written by Mary Scott Nabers
President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc.
Public pension funds represent about 18 percent of American-based institutional investment in infrastructure. And, at the end of the first quarter of this year, the number of public pension funds investing in unlisted infrastructure funds rose 12 percent from last year and 76 percent from five years ago.

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An Infrastructure Plan for America: How Investing in Infrastructure Will Lay the Foundation for Prosperity, Advance Environmental Goals, and Rebuild the Middle Class

Monday, July 18th, 2016
FIGURE 1 Transportation funding distribution

Infrastructure is the foundation that makes everything in the U.S. economy possible. Infrastructure is also essential to our national competitiveness. When done right, infrastructure investments produce broad-based prosperity for American businesses and workers, facilitating social mobility and enabling access to opportunities, people, and ideas.

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AASHTO Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of America’s Interstate Highway System

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
AASHTO Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of America’s Interstate Highway System

60 years ago President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, which was also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act, into law on June 29, 1956. Within a few years the nation would see construction begin replacing a network of two-lane U.S. highways with the multi-lane, high-speed interstate system we know today.

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Who’s On Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Teach Us About Transit That Works

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
TransitCenter - Who’s On Board 2016

TRANSITCENTER
When do people choose transit, and in what conditions? We answer these critical questions by examining how people use transit, using information gathered from a survey of 3,000 people who ride transit in 17 regions and through focus-group discussions with riders in three cities.

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Using Data to Foster Biking and Walking to School

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Safe Routes to School

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

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Blades of Glory: An Energy.gov Mini Doc

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Blades of Glory: An Energy.gov Mini Doc

In this short documentary, we follow three collegiate teams who are participating in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition in New Orleans. Learn about their experiences and why the competition is important for America’s clean energy future.

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Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Thom talks to caller Bob about the fact that we should all be upset by our national need to invest in infrastructure.

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