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Posts Tagged ‘TIGER’

‘No silver bullet … just a lot of silver BBs’

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

“There is no silver bullet, just a lot of silver BBs.” That’s how U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin described the conundrum facing state and local government leaders dealing with funding shortfalls. At a Tuesday congressional hearing on leveraging federal transportation funding, panelists explained that transportation needs can’t be solved by placing all responsibility on state and local governmental entities. There is agreement that transportation officials need funding options just to maintain the current transportation infrastructure, but state and local leaders are arguing for continued investment from the federal government as well.

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Mixed Reactions to Obama’s New $300 Billion Transportation Bill

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
President Obama in St. Paul

On February 26, President Obama climbed the steps of St. Paul, MN’s Union Depot train station to announce his new vision for transportation funding. The bill includes a competition for $600 million in transportation dollars, and a four-year surface transportation reauthorization to the tune of $300 billion.

Stakeholders on both sides of the fence have been quick to form opinions, and the fate of the bill remains uncertain–though most agree that action is urgently needed. Selected reactions from the transportation community are excerpted below.

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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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Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 32
At a post-election analysis of federal transportation policy convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Eno Center for Transportation on November 30, a panel of transportation insiders touched upon a variety of familiar questions. Is an increase in the gasoline tax truly off the table? Should it be?

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Warnings of an “Infrastructure Crisis” are Meeting with Skepticism

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 26
Is the “infrastructure crisis” a myth or a reality? Many within the transportation community firmly believe that the crisis is real. They point out that many of our roads, bridges and transit systems are approaching the end of their useful life and are badly in need of repair, reconstruction and modernization.

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Details of Possible $1.5 Billion Funding Cut to Roads, Transit and Rail

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily Preliminary estimates released by the White House last Friday indicate funding for highways, transit and rail programs in 2013 will be cut by about $1.5 billion on January 2 if automatic budget cuts take place as scheduled. Shrinking or preventing those cuts requires Congress and the White House to strike a budget […]

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When Will USDOT Announce Latest TIGER Grants?

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily Update: based on some feedback to our story, look for TIGER grants to be announced late in the week of June 11 or early in the week of June 18. When will USDOT announce the TIGER grants?  Many people have contacted me in the last week asking that question.  I decided to […]

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What USDOT Wants In – and Out of – a Final Transportation Bill

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily USDOT has officially expressed what it wants in and out of a final federal transportation bill. Instead of beginning with what the Administration supports, the letter begins with what it dislikes.  First up is the threat to veto the transportation bill if it includes the Keystone XL language. Next up is opposition to […]

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Railway Infrastructure in Northern Maine

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

J.D. Irving, Limited railway crews and machines improve a critical transportation link in northern Maine. The Aroostook line improvements, scheduled to be complete by late 2012, will enhance the cost-effective transport of goods to and from the state to national and global markets. – jdirvingcompany on YouTube

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Unfunded Needs – Airport Expansion to Accommodate Passenger Growth

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily
“Unfunded Needs” provides examples of planned projects that cannot advance due to a lack of funding. These projects could move people and goods more safely, quickly, and cleanly; foster economic and community vitality and/or improve the energy and environmental sustainability of the transportation network.

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