Support for
has been provided by these organizations and individuals:

John Hennessy III,

Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Why Congress Needs to Extend the Positive Train Control (PTC) Deadline

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
Figure 1: Railcar Loadings by Commodity Class, 2014


View this complete post...

Opportunities for Infrastructure Reform: Improving America’s Procurement System

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

BROOKINGS INSTITUTIONMETROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAMInfrastructure enables global trade, powers businesses, connects workers to their jobs, creates new opportunities for struggling communities, and protects America from an unpredictable natural environment. However, these critical systems are in a state of disrepair.Aging bridges, congested roads, outmoded storm and drinking water systems, and deteriorating public buildings are just a few […]

View this complete post...

New York State: New Visions 2014

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Capital District Net Population Change

The CDTC New Visions 2040 Plan includes a set of principles to guide transportation planning and investment in the region for coming years. It also articulates a series of short-range and long-range recommendations and actions to help achieve broad regional goals, and provided an innovative budget approach to ensure implementation of the plan.

View this complete post...

Guest on The Infra Blog: David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America’s engineering industry. David A. Raymond has been President of ACEC for the past 16 years, joining the Council in March 1999.

“Americans are very resilient people; they put up with a lot, their country is becoming more of a third-world country, and it’s very unfortunate and I hate to say, the only time Americans are really going to wake up to this is when stuff absolutely disappears…So we need leaders who can point to the areas where we need to make much greater progress and we don’t have those leaders. We need a public that is much better educated about infrastructure and other areas, and we don’t have that.”

View this complete post...

Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
| globally averaged combined land and ocean surface temperature anomaly, globally averaged sea level change, globaly averaged greenhouse gas concentrations, globaly anthropogenic co2 emissions

GREENPEACEIntroductionThe good news first: the Energy [R]evolution is already happening! Since the first edition was published in 2005, costs for wind power and solar photovoltaics (Pv) have dropped dramatically and markets have grown substantially. Between 2005 and the end of 2014 over 496,000 MW of new solar and wind power plants have been installed – […]

View this complete post...

Growth & Shared Prosperity

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

In June 2015, 73 chief executives, mayors, governors, university presidents, economists, and thought leaders from across the political spectrum gathered at Harvard Business School to work on a question of deep and growing concern in the United States: How can our nation continue to grow while also providing a path to prosperity for more Americans? This briefing shares the highlights of the group’s deliberations.

View this complete post...

Infographic: How to Combat Air Pollution

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 21.22.20

Air pollution has a variety of contributors from stationary sources, like factories and power plants, to natural sources, like forest fires and dust storms. Air pollution has been shown to have a direct link with health. Those living in areas with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer. It can also cause respiratory inflammation, asthma, and ear infections.

View this complete post...

Two Years Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

No one argues for leaving our nation’s infrastructure in its current state of disrepair—typically 50- to 100-years-old and dangerously decrepit. Law is supposed to be the framework for a free society, not an impediment. To rebuild its infrastructure, America must first rebuild its legal infrastructure so that vital projects can move forward.

View this complete post...

Next Generation Air Transport: Improved Risk Analysis Could Bring Success

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Figure 1: Flight Profile in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Environment Envisioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Aviation industry stakeholders GAO interviewed described various factors that may affect the interoperability of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)—a complex, long-term initiative to modernize the U.S. air-traffic management (ATM) system—with other countries’ ATM modernization efforts. Interoperability allows different ATM systems and procedures to accept and use each other’s information and services for technical or operational purposes…GAO recommends that FAA conduct a comprehensive assessment of risks to NextGen’s global interoperability and identify how this information will be used to mitigate risks and prioritize resources. In responding to a draft of the report, FAA agreed with the recommendations and discussed some of its ongoing risk assessment activities.

View this complete post...

ARTBA: Ronald Reagan and the Highway User Fee

Friday, September 11th, 2015
ARTBA: Ronald Reagan and the Highway User Fee

You might be surprised to learn that Ronald Reagan, conservative tax-cutter, was an adamant supporter of investment in infrastructure maintenance.

View this complete post...

Receive Infra Update, our email newsletter.

Follow InfraUSA on Twitter Facebook YouTube Flickr
Show us your infra! Show us your infra!

Video, stills and tales. Share images of the Infra in your community that demands attention. Post your ideas about national Infra issues. Go ahead. Show Us Your Infra!  Upload and instantly share your message.

Polls Polls

Is the administration moving fast enough on Infra issues? Are Americans prepared to pay more taxes for repairs? Should job creation be the guiding determination? Vote now!


What do the experts think? This is where the nation's public policy organizations, trade associations and think tanks weigh in with analysis on Infra issues. Tell them what you think.  Ask questions.  Share a different view.


The Infra Blog offers cutting edge perspective on a broad spectrum of Infra topics. Frequent updates and provocative posts highlight hot button topics -- essential ingredients of a national Infra dialogue.