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Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

‘No silver bullet … just a lot of silver BBs’

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

“There is no silver bullet, just a lot of silver BBs.” That’s how U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin described the conundrum facing state and local government leaders dealing with funding shortfalls. At a Tuesday congressional hearing on leveraging federal transportation funding, panelists explained that transportation needs can’t be solved by placing all responsibility on state and local governmental entities. There is agreement that transportation officials need funding options just to maintain the current transportation infrastructure, but state and local leaders are arguing for continued investment from the federal government as well.

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It’s Time To Build

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Infrastructure Week 2017

In Washington and across the country, there is a growing consensus that it’s time to rebuild America. Few investments would have a greater positive impact on our economy than infrastructure modernization—especially on small and midsize businesses that rely on efficient transportation of goods and reliable access to customers. For businesses, communities, and families, the economic benefit of modernization will be profound. It’s time to get it done. We must not let this moment pass us by.

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Basics of Trump’s infrastructure plan may be released soon

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. There is a possibility that, by the end of this month,  President Donald Trump will release the guiding “principles” of his eagerly awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao outlined some of the priorities in the plan for “restoring, rebuilding, refurbishing and […]

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America’s Infrastructure Needs a Mix of Funding Solutions That Work

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Interstate 10 - Papago Freeway Tunnel / Deck Park Tunnel at Night (3) by Alan Stark

When safe and efficient infrastructure is what everybody clearly wants, this shouldn’t be controversial. From the halls of power in Washington, DC to congested local roads and interstate highways across the country, a consensus is emerging: It’s time to invest in rebuilding America’s vital infrastructure.

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Welcome to Infrastructure Week 2017: Check the Calendar for Events Near You

Monday, May 15th, 2017
Infrastructure Week 2017

Agencies, organizations, businesses and advocates are hosting Infrastructure Week events around the country, from Washington, DC to Los Angeles (and everywhere in between). Check the calendar to find out how you can learn about the issues, participate in discussions and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD by attending an event near you.

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Watch Live: Infrastructure Week 2017 Opening Event

Monday, May 15th, 2017
Watch Live: Infrastructure Week 2017 Opening Event

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao discusses the importance of infrastructure to the U.S. economy.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, American Association of Railroads (AAR)

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Edward Hamberger on The Infra Blog

“There is an incredible need to educate. One of the big frustrations in our freight rail industry is that people do not appreciate the importance of freight and don’t realize that we are—along with the trucking industry and along with the barge and towing industry—critical to the nation’s economy. People just seem to think about freight railroads when they’re sitting, watching it go by, and being frustrated that the gate is down at a grade crossing. It is, from a public policy standpoint, critical that Congress and the Administration will recognize the importance of freight.”

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Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal-Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Figure 2. Consumer Choices: cost-per-mile analysis9

We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles (AVs), 95% of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles owned by fleets, not individuals, in a new business model we call “transport-as-a-service” (TaaS). The TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth.

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Threats on Tap: Widespread Violations Highlight Need for Investment in Water Infrastructure and Protections

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
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This report expands our analysis beyond lead to examine all drinking water contaminants regulated under the SDWA. Much as Flint is not the only water system with lead problems, we have found that Lead and Copper Rule problems are far from the only widespread violations of drinking water rules. Our research shows that in 2015 alone, nearly 77 million people were served by more than 18,000 community water systems that violated at least one SDWA rule, and there were more than 80,000 violations of SDWA rules that year. These violations included exceeding health-based standards, failing to properly test water for contaminants, and failing to report contamination to state authorities or the public.

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Will the nation’s water infrastructure needs be overlooked again?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Gross Reservoir in Boulder County, Colorado. The reservoir is owned by Denver Water. Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Industry experts and government officials fear that when President Donald Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan is finally “laid out,” water infrastructure projects could largely be “left out.”…The president has already given preliminary indications that water projects are not likely to be ranked at the top of his priority list. That is more than unfortunate. Water resources are critical aspects of sustainability for the nation.

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