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Archive for the ‘Republican’ Category

States’ Transportation Revenue Initiatives Help to Compensate for an Absence of Congressional Action on Long-Term Funding

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No.
While transportation stakeholders and the Washington press corps focus on the impending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund and bemoan the fact that the House-Senate agreement to replenish the Trust Fund provides only short-term funding ($10.8 billion) through May 2015, they are ignoring developments outside the Beltway that go a long way toward compensating for an absence of congressional action on long-term funding. For in fact, individual states, far from sitting idly by, are responding to the fiscal uncertainties in Washington by stepping up and raising additional revenue to meet their transportation needs.

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The GROW AMERICA Act: Response from the Infra Community

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
The Grow America Act: Response from the Infra Community

On Friday, May 2, the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation released the GROW AMERICA Act, a $300-billion transportation bill aiming to provide comprehensive solutions to our nation’s transportation woes. According to the GROW AMERICA fact sheet. Despite the bill’s cumbersome acronym (Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America) the bill promises to resolve a slew of nagging transportation problems, from environmental impact to financing.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Bike Portland-Image by GBD Architects

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!

-Portland Apartment Complexes Embrace Cyclists
-A Bump in the Track for Acela
-Chicago’s Ashland BRT Proposal Get Mixed Reviews
-Silver Line Closed Until Undisclosed Construction End Date

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A Major Court Rebuke for the California Bullet Train

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 12
The California High Speed Rail project was dealt a serious blow when Judge Michael P. Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court ruled on August 16 that the California High-Speed Rail Authority “abused its discretion by approving a funding plan that did not comply with the requirements of the law.”

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Can-Do States

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 24, No. 9 Recently, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) called for a $5.5 billion emergency federal program “to fix the nation’s backlog of deficient and structurally obsolete bridges”  (H.R. 2428).  He was responding to the well- publicized collapse of the  I-5 bridge  in Washington State . “It’s an emergency out there,” Rahall proclaimed at […]

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Salt Lake City, UT: A Conservative State Builds Progressive Transit

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT: A Conservative State Builds Progressive Transit

Salt Lake City: A Conservative State Builds Progressive Transit from Streetfilms on Vimeo. According to Congress for New Urbanism President John Norquist, the Salt Lake City area has the fastest growing rail system in America. And as Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt pointed out last month, “It’s the only city in the country building light rail, bus […]

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The Barriers to Expanding Coal Exports

Friday, June 21st, 2013
The Barriers to Expanding Coal Exports, and Congress’ Role

Transportation Issues Daily Tuesday morning the U.S. House Energy Committee will learn more about barriers to and concerns about exporting coal and LNG. Read the briefing memo prepared for Committee Members and staff. More specifically, the following questions will be addressed during the hearing: What specific barriers are there to exporting coal and LNG in […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Leo Gerard

Leo W. Gerard is International President of the United Steelworkers, the dominant union in paper, forestry products, steel, aluminum, tire and rubber, glass, chemicals and petroleum. Under Gerard’s leadership, the 850,000-member USW has heightened its focus on reversing the alarming decline of U.S. manufacturing. He has worked to inject workers’ rights into trade agreements, investment […]

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How do TIGER 2013 Applications Compare to Past TIGER Programs?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
How do TIGER 2013 Applications Compare to Past TIGER Programs?

Transportation Issues Daily Once again we see the latent demand across the country for funding projects that move people and goods more quickly, safely, and cleanly. For the 2013 TIGER (V) program, USDOT received 568 applications requesting more than $9 billion. How much funding does USDOT have to grant? About $474 million. Applications were received from […]

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Eight Questions for Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 24, No. 8 On Wednesday, May 22, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Mayor Anthony Foxx, President Obama’s designated choice for the next United States Secretary of Transportation. Confronting Sec. Foxx during his tenure  will be the challenge of steering the federal transportation program through another reauthorization,  while facing […]

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