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Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Funding Challenges in Highway and Transit

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
All Levels of Government Fund Highways and Transit

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
With the temporary increase in funding for the federal highway trust fund set to run out by May 2015, states and localities are again facing the prospect that shortfalls in the fund could delay or reduce the federal money they rely on for transportation projects. As they wait to see what federal policymakers will do, many states are taking action to make their own transportation funding more sustainable. These efforts highlight the major challenges that all levels of government face in maintaining investments in highways and transit systems—problems that will require policymakers to make difficult choices in the years ahead.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure

America’s crumbling infrastructure: It’s not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.

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Skills and Innovation Strategies to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Table 1. Germany vs. the United States on Key Economic Indicators

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM
Germany is an oft-cited example of an advanced economy that has been able to sustain manufacturing as a relevant source of employment, growth, and exports. Manufacturing in Germany accounts for 20 percent of employment, nearly twice the share as in the United States, and generates 22 percent of national GDP and 82 percent of total goods exports. German manufacturing succeeds in the global marketplace even as the sector pays higher average wages than in the United States.

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Ohio Statewide Transit Needs

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Figure 1: Ohio Transit Agencies Sources of Funding

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Changing cultural preferences for transportation are evident from both younger (millennials) and older generations (baby boomers). A large portion of these populations express a desire to live in communities that are bikeable, walkable and have transit.

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Hillsborough County, FL: Citizen Engagement & Transportation

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Hillsborough County, FL: Citizen Engagement & Transportation

Beginning in mid-February 2015, our GO Hillsborough team will host 36 open house style workshops in or near your neighborhood to understand your transportation needs and realities, to explore options that make sense in your daily lives, and to help you weigh in on some hard choices as we move forward. Each of these sessions is designed to be highly participatory and interactive and will build upon the previous one.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Anthony Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013.

“We just appreciate all the efforts to educate folks and to help folks understand that they can play a role in moving America forward. One of the biggest problems we have in infrastructure right now is how to pay for it, and when you start peeling the onion back it gets back to whether the public is actually going to support and get behind efforts to actually pay for what we need. Part of what we’re doing is trying to educate people and connect the dots so that they see that these investments that happen at the federal level aren’t some kind of smoke and mirrors. It’s stuff that actually helps them on the ground.”

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Needed: A Fresh Approach to Funding America’s Infrastructure, Part 2

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Innovation Newsbriefs
Volume 26, No. 2-A
With state transportation revenue on the rise, it is argued, states can assume more funding responsibility for local infrastructure and significantly reduce the annual $13 billion shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund. This is not about devolution, contend advocates of this approach. It’s about a judicious reallocation of federal-state responsibilities, with the federal government able to refocus its gas tax revenue entirely on programs and infrastructure of national significance (notably the Interstate Highway network), thanks to the states’ enhanced fiscal capacity to take care of their highways, bridges and other local transportation needs.

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Twitter “Town Hall” – DOT Secretary Foxx and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster

Friday, February 13th, 2015
ShusterFoxxTwitterTownHall

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and House Transportation Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster recently hosted a virtual “Town Hall” on Twitter to discuss the issue of infrastructure in the United States. Using the hashtag #StuckInTraffic, Chairman Shuster (@Transport) and Secretary Foxx (@SecretaryFoxx) answered questions from industry leaders and the public on strengthening our nation’s highway, […]

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U.S. Department of Transportation: Beyond Traffic

Friday, February 6th, 2015
U.S. Department of Transportation: Beyond Traffic

An introduction to Beyond Traffic, the Department of Transportation’s 30-year framework, with an invitation to join the conversation.

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Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends And Choices

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
How We Move - Figure 1

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
In the race to build world-class transportation, America once set the pace. We used to have a big lead…But our lead has slipped away. We are behind…And it is not just that our infrastructure is showing its age—our country, in many ways, has outgrown it. If you drive a car, you now spend, on average, the equivalent of five vacation days every year sitting in traffic. If you drive a truck, highway congestion has made you an expert at navigating bumpy side roads—and you are not alone. Every year, trucks are losing $27 billion on wasted time and fuel.

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