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Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

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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Infrastructure Advocacy and Public Credibility

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 2
Last week, infrastructure was in the news again. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, proposed a $50 billion infrastructure initiative, $40 billion of which would be devoted to a “fix-it-first” program targeted at urgent improvements such as “structurally deficient” bridges. The following day, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing on “The Federal Role in America’s Infrastructure,” focusing on the importance of infrastructure for the U.S. economy and the federal role in its preservation and expansion.

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ASCE on the President’s State of the Union Address

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The following is a statement from Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address: “As stewards of our nation’s infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers applauds President Obama’s efforts to improve our country’s ailing infrastructure and get America back […]

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address, 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily
Surprising many of us, President Obama proposed two new infrastructure programs in his State of the Union speech earlier this evening.

A “Fix-It-First” program would focus on putting “people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs” like deteriorating bridges and roads. A “Partnership to Rebuild America” would attract private capital to upgrade port infrastructure, pipelines, schools, and likely other infrastructure.

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The Future of Passenger Rail in America

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 28  On October 19, an Amtrak passenger train hit 111 mph in a test run on a 15-mile stretch of track between Dwight and Pontiac, Illinois. It was the first tangible return from a three-year $1.5 billion program of improvements funded under the Administration’s high-speed rail initiative. The program hopes ultimately […]

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Talking Infrastructure on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Steve Anderson, InfrastructureUSA.org Managing Director, and Gregory DiLoreto, P.E., F.ASCE, President-Elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), were guests on The Brian Lehrer Show‘s election-year series, “30 Issues in 30 Days.”

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A Lost Opportunity to Influence the Debate

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 7 The President’s FY 2013 budget submission offered the Administration a rare opportunity to rise above partisanship and influence the ongoing  transportation reauthorization debate in a positive way.  It  provided a chance for the White House and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to assume a constructive role in mediating what could turn […]

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President’s Jobs Council: Invest Aggressively in Transportation

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Transportation Issues Daily AASHTO, the national association of State DOTs, reports in their weekly transportation report: “While debate about job creation continued in Washington this week, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness met Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The council released a report urging the federal government to “invest aggressively and efficiently in cutting-edge infrastructure.” The […]

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