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Archive for the ‘Rail’ Category

Guest on The Infra Blog: Norma Jean Mattei, 2017 President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Norma Jean Mattei on The Infra Blog

“I think one of the problems is we have gotten into the habit of just waiting until things break, and when you have many sectors at a “D,” it just takes one major event to shut something down and have something fail. And then we throw a lot of money at it. But that’s not a wise way of handling things, because when you’re dealing with a disaster, you’re throwing four times the money at what is now broken, instead of maintaining something in a condition that’s at least average condition.”

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Making the Grade: Ports, Inland Waterways and Rail

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Making the Grade: Ports, Inland Waterways and Rail

Ports, Inland Waterways, and Rail infrastructure systems play an integral role in the U.S. freight network and how America moves things. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card graded ports a C+, inland waterways a D, and rail a B. Watch the video and learn more at https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
2017 Infrastructure Report Card: D+

Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future. While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action from Congress, states, infrastructure owners, and the American people…Our nation’s infrastructure challenges are significant but solvable. Through strategic, sustained investment, bold leadership, comprehensive planning, and careful preparation for the needs of the future, America’s infrastructure will be improved and restored.

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February 28 – March 2, Los Angeles, CA: USHSR West Coast Rail Conference

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
2017 West Coast Rail Conference

$180 Billion in projects, new studies, construction news, project announcements, new procurement schedule, P3s and much more! Join the movers and shakers bringing rail to America at the 2017 West Coast Rail Conference.

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Beyond Traffic 2045

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Beyond Traffic 2045

Beyond Traffic 2045 is U.S. DOT’s most comprehensive assessment of current and future conditions in decades—it is a call to action. After years of chronic underinvestment and policy choices that, in some cases, have actually worked at cross purposes with the broader economic and social goals held by most Americans, now is the time for a report like this one to be read, understood, considered—and used, to breathe new life into funding and policy discussions at all levels.

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Inside Illinois DOT: High-Speed Rail

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Inside Illinois DOT: High-Speed Rail

Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn gives an update on high-speed rail project improvements in Illinois in this edition of Inside IDOT.

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Share Your Transportation Story: Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Share Your Transportation Story: Wynton Marsalis

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sits down for a conversation with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis shares stories about streetcar rides with his great-uncle in 1960s New Orleans, the significance of trains in American mythology, and how the sounds of transportation continue to inspire his music today.

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Why Trains Suck in America

Monday, August 29th, 2016
Why Trains Suck in America

Trains, well, just aren’t that great in America. Here’s why.

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Railroad Financing: Changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Number and Dollar Amount of Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program Loans Approved, Fiscal Years 1998 through 2015, by Loan Type

Financing the various rail infrastructure projects will be challenging. Congress has not funded the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program—a program used to fund passenger rail projects—since fiscal year 2010 and appropriations to Amtrak have remained relatively steady at about $1.4 billion over the last 5 years. One potential source of funding is FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, which is a $35 billion loan and loan guarantee program to finance, among other things, freight and passenger rail facilities. Since program inception in 1998 about $2.7 billion in loans have been executed, and no loan guarantees have been made.

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The Economic Impacts of Railroads

Friday, June 17th, 2016
Freight Rail

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS
This report, the second in the Association of American Railroads’ State of the Industry series, for the first time ever, shares data that begin to quantify the freight railroad sector’s economic and fiscal impact. The findings underscore the fact that freight railroads trigger a powerful economic ripple effect across a myriad of U.S. industries.

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