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Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

The Future of San Francisco Infrastructure

Friday, May 1st, 2015
The Future of San Francisco Infrastructure

This video is about National Infrastructure Day

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State Funding Initiatives Report

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
2015 STATE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING INITIATIVES

TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT ADVOCACY CENTER
Nine states— La., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.H., N.J., S.C., Texas, Wash.— are currently considering legislation to increase their gas tax or sales tax on gasoline.

Three states— Conn., La., and Texas— are currently considering legislation to protect their transportation funds from diversions.

Three states— Ark., Mich., and Mo.— have pending legislation to convert the flat-rate excise tax on fuel entirely to a variable-rate tax. Additionally, a bill in Maine proposes indexing the flat gas tax to the Consumer Price Index.

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What is GROW AMERICA?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
What is GROW AMERICA?

This animated video explains the key features of the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act and why we need to move forward on a long-term surface transportation bill.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Scott Bricker, Director, America Walks

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Scott Bricker, Director, America Walks

Scott Bricker has worked for over fifteen years to make communities healthy and sustainable through bicycling, walking and urban design. Scott is proud to serve as the Director of America Walks, the only national organization dedicated to improving all aspects of walking in America.

…providing safe and accommodating walking routes for people effectively ensures that everyone has equal access to services and employment, education, recreation, where people play and pray, et cetera. It’s a fundamental aspect of equal mobility access. There’s also a fair amount of research that shows that communities that are walkable, that have places that are close to each other, are economically vibrant.

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Quadrennial Energy Review: Energy Storage, Transmission, and Distribution Infrastructure

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Figure SPM-2. Historic and Projected U.S. Emissions under Obama Administration Targets

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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Evaluating Complete Streets Projects: A Guide for Practitioners

Monday, April 27th, 2015
TABLE 1: Recommended access measures and metrics

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
AARP
Across the country, government agencies are working to meet residents’ demands to be more responsive, transparent, and accountable in decisions and investments. Transportation agencies are not exempt from this call—and they face the additional challenges of dwindling capital and maintenance budgets. Performance measures, in the broad sense, provide a quantitative and, sometimes, qualitative indicator of potential or actual performance of a specific street, a corridor, or of the whole transportation network.

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Brookings Institution: Pat Mulroy on Climate Change & Water Scarcity

Friday, April 24th, 2015
Brookings Institution: Pat Mulroy on Climate Change & Water Scarcity

The impact of climate change is going to play itself out in the water arena says Brookings Senior Fellow Pat Mulroy, former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. She discusses the crisis Southern Nevada faced during one of the worst droughts in the history of the Colorado River.

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Get Ready for Infrastructure Week 2015

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Infrastructure Week 2015: May 11 -15

Infrastructure Week 2015 is almost here. This year, be sure to join us in advocating for comprehensive infrastructure investment and a better future for our nation as a whole. Events will take place “in Washington, D.C., around America, and on the internet,” from May 11th to 15th.

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De-carbonizing U.S. Power

Monday, April 20th, 2015
De-Carbonizing Power: Figure 1, 2 and 3

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
In 2015, the US could set new national records: for annual renewable build; for coal retirements; and for gas burn from the power sector. Meanwhile, electricity-related emissions could fall to their lowest levels since 1994. This Research Note examines our short-term forecasts for US power.

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Transportation Statistics Annual Report

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Extent of the U.S. Transportation System

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
Over 4 million miles of roads, more than 19,000 public and private use airports, about 140,000 miles of freight and passenger railroads, 25,000 miles of navigable waterways, and 2 million miles of pipelines connect the Nation’s people and businesses across the continent and with the rest of the world…The estimated value of U.S. transportation assets in 2012 was $7.7 trillion. The public owns 51.2 percent of the total transportation asset value, mostly highways and streets, but also publicly held airports, waterways, and transit facilities. Private companies own 31.2 percent of transportation assets, including railroads, pipelines, trucks, planes, and ships.

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