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This Infra Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Bike Portland-Image by GBD Architects


-Portland Apartment Complexes Embrace Cyclists
-A Bump in the Track for Acela
-Chicago’s Ashland BRT Proposal Get Mixed Reviews
-Silver Line Closed Until Undisclosed Construction End Date

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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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Can-Do States

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 24, No. 9 Recently, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) called for a $5.5 billion emergency federal program “to fix the nation’s backlog of deficient and structurally obsolete bridges”  (H.R. 2428).  He was responding to the well- publicized collapse of the  I-5 bridge  in Washington State . “It’s an emergency out there,” Rahall proclaimed at […]

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Salt Lake City, UT: A Conservative State Builds Progressive Transit

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT: A Conservative State Builds Progressive Transit

Salt Lake City: A Conservative State Builds Progressive Transit from Streetfilms on Vimeo. According to Congress for New Urbanism President John Norquist, the Salt Lake City area has the fastest growing rail system in America. And as Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt pointed out last month, “It’s the only city in the country building light rail, bus […]

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The Barriers to Expanding Coal Exports

Friday, June 21st, 2013
The Barriers to Expanding Coal Exports, and Congress’ Role

Transportation Issues Daily Tuesday morning the U.S. House Energy Committee will learn more about barriers to and concerns about exporting coal and LNG. Read the briefing memo prepared for Committee Members and staff. More specifically, the following questions will be addressed during the hearing: What specific barriers are there to exporting coal and LNG in […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Leo Gerard

Leo W. Gerard is International President of the United Steelworkers, the dominant union in paper, forestry products, steel, aluminum, tire and rubber, glass, chemicals and petroleum. Under Gerard’s leadership, the 850,000-member USW has heightened its focus on reversing the alarming decline of U.S. manufacturing. He has worked to inject workers’ rights into trade agreements, investment […]

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How do TIGER 2013 Applications Compare to Past TIGER Programs?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
How do TIGER 2013 Applications Compare to Past TIGER Programs?

Transportation Issues Daily Once again we see the latent demand across the country for funding projects that move people and goods more quickly, safely, and cleanly. For the 2013 TIGER (V) program, USDOT received 568 applications requesting more than $9 billion. How much funding does USDOT have to grant? About $474 million. Applications were received from […]

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Eight Questions for Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 24, No. 8 On Wednesday, May 22, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Mayor Anthony Foxx, President Obama’s designated choice for the next United States Secretary of Transportation. Confronting Sec. Foxx during his tenure  will be the challenge of steering the federal transportation program through another reauthorization,  while facing […]

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Proposed 2014 Transportation Budgets Differ Wildly. Who Will Win?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily Congress is about to establish a 2014 budget blueprint, with the House and Senate miles apart on the numbers. The House is likely to pass its resolution this week. The Senate may take a little longer, depending on how the 2013 continuing resolution debate and votes go this week. House Republicans and […]

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The Cracks in the Nation’s Foundation

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The New York Times Sunday EditorialDecember 9th, 2012 Across the coasts of New York and New Jersey, hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage are spilling into waterways and the ocean. The immediate cause is equipment damage from Hurricane Sandy, but as Michael Schwirtz recently reported in The Times, aging plants […]

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