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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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Are We Ignoring the Obvious Solution to the Transportation Funding Crisis? (Cont’d)

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 11
The inability of Congress to pass even a simple annual appropriations bill does not bode well for a congressional agreement on the much more complex and costly multi-year surface transportation bill that must be reauthorized by October 2014.

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Are We Ignoring the Obvious Solution to the Transportation Funding Crisis?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 10

The July 23 hearing on the Highway Trust Fund made it painfully clear that neither the government witnesses —U.S. DOT’s Undersecretary for Policy Polly Trottenberg and CBO official Kim Cawley — nor any of the participating members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, had any clue as to how to pay for the hundreds of billions of dollars that transportation boosters say are needed to fund the next reauthorization.

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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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The Role of Presidential Leadership Examined

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 7
Every two years the University of Virginia’s Miller Center host a transportation policy conference known for attracting prestigious participants and an equally distinguished audience. The inaugural conference held in September 2009, produced a report that generated presidential attention and was praised by President Obama in a Rose Garden ceremony as a model of fresh bipartisan ideas.

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A Lasting Solution to the Transportation Funding Dilemma

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 6
President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request includes $77 billion for the Department of Transportation and an additional $50 billion “for immediate transportation investments.” His next transportation bill to follow the current MAP-21, calls for a 25 percent increase in funding over current levels and assumes a transfer of $214 billion to the trust fund over six years “to maintain trust fund solvency and pay for increased outlays.”

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A Credible Funding Solution for Transportation

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 6
As we have argued in recent columns, no one disputes President Obama’s and the infrastructure advocates’ claim that some of America’s transportation facilities, are reaching the limit of their useful life and need reconstruction. Nor does any one disagree about the need to expand infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

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States Seek to Become More Self-Reliant

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 5
During his March 29 visit to the privately built and financed PortMiami tunnel project, President Obama unveiled a new infrastructure plan. His latest proposal—costing $21 billion— includes a renewed call for a National Infrastructure Bank capitalized at $10 billion, a $7 billion “America Fast Forward Bonds” program modeled after the former Build America Bonds; and a sum of $4 billion in direct loans and loan guarantees. The White House announcement did not make it clear whether this latest infrastructure initiative…

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Wanted: A Reasoned Approach to Dealing with America’s Infrastructure Needs

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 4
It seems like not a week goes by without fresh warnings about the nation’s “crumbling infrastructure” and renewed appeals to rebuild our aging highways and bridges. President Obama reinvigorated the campaign with his State-of-the-Union proposal for a $50 billion program of infrastructure investments, $40 billion of which would be devoted to a “fix-it-first” program targeted at urgent improvements such as “structurally deficient” bridges.

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Obama’s $50 Billion Fix-It-First Program

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 3
Reactions to President Obama’s $50 billion “Fix-It-First” infrastructure initiative continue to pour in. While the transportation industry and liberal advocacy groups publicly applaud the President, “insider reaction among the major transportation stakeholder groups amounts to profound disappointment on a private level,” wrote the influential Washington Letter on Transportation (WLT) in its latest issue.

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