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Posts Tagged ‘FAST Act’

The State of Freight II: Implementing the FAST Act and Beyond

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Dedicated Federal freight funding now flows to all states on an annual basis. Every state is expected to have a state freight plan completed by December 2017.

The State of Freight II provides a snapshot of where states are collectively in developing state freight plans and a baseline on what future projected investments are needed to build out the nation’s 21st century freight network. The State of Freight II reports on how states are already funding freight-specific investments through state dedicated or discretionary funding, and how these funding sources can potentially work with Federal freight investments.

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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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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Congressman Peter DeFazio

In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development.

“[Citizens] need to speak up, speak out. They need to contact their members of congress, their senators. They need to particularly weigh in in an election year and, go to a debate, or ask them a question as publicly as you can, ‘what are you going to do to fix Americas infrastructure?'”

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Ranking Member DeFazio speaks on House floor on investment in transportation

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) addresses the house floor on issues of transportation infrastructure. “So now I’ve taken to calling us 4th world,” said DeFazio. “We used to be the world’s leader in infrastructure and now we’re vaulting over everybody, including places like Zimbabwe, to the back of the pack.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senior Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is one of four Congressional Co-chairs who will participate in Infrastructure Week’s Advocacy Day on May 18th, including an open press briefing to raise awareness about the critical infrastructure needs in this country.

“The only way you can serve, I think, in Congress is to be an optimist, because there are days here that you could get discouraged. But we recognize that we have the strongest country in the world. We have the strongest country for many reasons. It’s the innovation of Americans; it’s our commitment towards each other; it’s for good governance; it’s the strength of America’s presence globally, but we know that we need to first take care of our concerns at home and that means let’s make sure that Americans have every opportunity that this great country offers.”

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What the FAST Act Means for Illinois

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Secretary Blankenhorn talks about the FAST Act and the benefits it will have for transportation in Illinois, in this edition of Inside IDOT.

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Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Figure 1: Number of Complete Streets policies nationwide, 2005–2015

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In 2015, communities passed a total of 82 Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions, agency policies, and planning and design documents establish a process for selecting, funding, planning, designing, and building transportation projects that allow safe access for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, AEM

Dennis Slater is President and Secretary of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). He oversees operation of all Association programs, which focus on core service areas of market information and equipment statistics, public policy representation, product safety and technical support, and trade shows.

“…Equipment manufacturers build the machines that make America. They build the machines that harvest crops and feed America and feed the world. Originally this was something that we just explained to our members, and we decided it’s not good enough. You have to also ask your members, you have to explain to their employees so they get involved in this and understand that their jobs depend on policies that support their jobs…This year, especially, we’ve gone out there now to the candidates that are running to say “what’s your manufacturing platform? What are your solutions for infrastructure?”’

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Congressman Fred Upton Spearheads ‘All of the Above’ Energy Policy

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Engineering Inc. March/April 2016 Cover: Congressman Fred Upton

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)

UPTON: We are always looking to advance our work every chance we get, and the FAST Act presented an opportunity to get a number of important provisions into law. Grid security and strengthening our energy infrastructure remain an important component of our energy portfolio moving forward. The FAST Act contained several provisions to ensure that our energy infrastructure, including the electric grid, is more resilient to 21st-century risks, such as physical attacks, cyberattacks and extreme weather.

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Alabama: Top 50 Projects to Support Economic Growth and Quality of Life

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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While the modest funding increase and certainty provided by the FAST Act are a step in the right direction, the funding falls far short of the level of needed to improve conditions and meet the nation’s mobility needs and fails to deliver a sustainable, long-term source of revenue for the federal Highway Trust Fund.

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