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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

How Much More Before We GET REAL ABOUT FIXING THINGS?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The POLICY OF NO is no longer acceptable. Just saying “NO,” or just accepting “NO” from others, is ducking the responsibility that all Americans must assume. Of course we want quality education and healthcare, a military able to defend us, and so much more that makes our lives possible. But we can’t allow the backbones of our nation to continue to decay. We are becoming a nation at risk!

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A Roadmap for Resilience: Investing in Resilience, Reinvesting in Communities.

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Figure 1: Overview of the RE.invest Process & Lessons Learned

THE RE:INVEST INITIATIVE
This report is designed to inspire a wide range of readers interested in addressing the challenge of creating a robust pipeline of investable resilient infrastructure projects. It captures how RE.invest reimagined the predevelopment process for resilient infrastructure to integrate early design and financing decisions and help cities make the leap from crafting a vision for resilience to generating a set of financeable large-scale projects.

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Infrastructure Week 2015 Is Underway

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Infrastructure Week kickoff event panel at Bloomberg Government with Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, DC on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Most importantly, Infrastructure Week is about spreading awareness and garnering support from citizens and communities around the country. Even if you can’t participate in the events, you can get the word out by sharing readymade content –infographics, posters and neatly packaged tweets are just a few of the “sharables” provided by the Infrastructure Week Steering Committee.

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Financing U.S. Transportation Infrastructure in the 21st Century

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
FIGURE 1. Public Infrastructure Spending by Federal, State, and Local Governments, 1956–2014

THE HAMILTON PROJECT
Most Americans feel the burden of a weakening transportation infrastructure. The evidence is right in front of us: in poor road and bridge conditions, aging airports and seaports, weak passenger rail service, and inadequate public transportation. Most economists and government leaders agree on the merits of upgrading these systems to improve productivity, global competitiveness, and job creation. Most also agree that our nation would benefit from federal action on infrastructure. There are disagreements, however, on which investments to make and how to pay for them, and these disagreements have led to counterproductive inaction.

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Who Pays For Roads?

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Figure 1. Percentage of Highway Spending from Various Sources, All Levels of Government

FRONTIER GROUP
U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times. Today, general taxes paid by all taxpayers cover nearly as much of the cost of building and maintaining highways as the gas tax and other fees paid by drivers. The purchasing power of gasoline taxes has declined as a result of inflation, improved vehicle fuel economy, and the recent stagnation in driving. As a result, so-called “user fees” cover a shrinking share of transportation costs.

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The State of Minnesota’s Bridges

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
The average age of these sub-par bridges is 66 years — well over the typical design life of 50 years and nearly double the average age of all Minnesota bridges (35 years old). More than one in ten Minnesota bridges were built before 1948 — which means more than 1,300 bridges are older than the Korean War and creation of Medicare…Minnesota drivers collectively took close to 628 million trips over deficient bridges in 2014. That’s more than 1.7 million trips per day or almost 1,200 trips every minute taken over deficient Minnesota bridges in 2014.

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Detroit, MI: Governor Rick Snyder Takes on Potholes

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Detroit, MI: Governor Rick Snyder Takes on Potholes

With shovel in hand, Gov. Rick Snyder joined a pothole patching crew in Detroit for the day to see just what it takes to battle those pesky potholes.

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Washington’s Top Transportation Challenges

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Chart 4. Most congested commuting routes in Washington.

TRIP
Washington’s residents and businesses require a high level of personal and commercial mobility. Population increases and economic growth in the state have resulted in an increase in the demand for mobility as well as an increase in vehicle miles of travel (VMT). To foster quality of life and spur economic growth in Washington, it will be critical that the state provide a safe and modern transportation system that can accommodate future growth in population, tourism, recreation and vehicle travel.

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Seattle, WA: Agony Alley

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Seattle, WA: Agony Alley

The average Seattle driver wastes 48 hours a year sitting in “agony alley.” What can a citizen do? By switching from driving to transit, a Seattle-area driver can save time and money — more than $12,000 a year! How’s that for green?

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21st Century Infrastructure: Keeping California Connected, Powered, and Competitive

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
The Connected Landscape

BAY AREA COUNCIL ECONOMIC INSTITUTEExecutive SummaryRecent advances in energy and communications technologies have outpaced anything the human race has seen since either the invention of the telegraph or the discovery of alternating current. Many of these advances have enabled technologies that were once the realm of science fiction—driverless cars, implanted medical devices, and vast supplies […]

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