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Posts Tagged ‘Transportation Bill’

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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The Cracks in the Nation’s Foundation

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The New York Times Sunday EditorialDecember 9th, 2012 Across the coasts of New York and New Jersey, hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage are spilling into waterways and the ocean. The immediate cause is equipment damage from Hurricane Sandy, but as Michael Schwirtz recently reported in The Times, aging plants […]

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After the Dust Has Settled… Some Reflections on the New Transportation Law (MAP-21)

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 21 By a vote of 373-52 in the House and a vote of 74-19 in the Senate, the lawmakers approved a two-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program on June 29, just one day before the program was set to expire. In so doing, Congress passed the first multi-year reauthorization […]

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MAP-21 Annotated – Ferries Funding Reform

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily The thirty-plus states with public ferry systems will be interested in how MAP-21 significantly reforms ferries funding compared to SAFETEA-LU. It may surprise you to learn that ferries carry more than 100 million passengers annually and operate in over 35 states. They provide a critical transportation option to help ease congestion in […]

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The Surface Transportation Extension Act 2012

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

An Act To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and for other purposes. Subtitle A—Federal-Aid HighwaysSEC. 111. EXTENSION OF FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY PROGRAMS.(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 111 of the Surface Trans10portation Extension […]

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Streetsblog: A New Bill Passes, But America’s Transpo Policy Stays Stuck in 20th Century

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Written by: Tanya Snyder
The House of Representatives approved the transportation bill conference report this afternoon by a vote of 373 to 52. [UPDATE 4:00 PM: The Senate has also approved the bill, 74-19.] This is a bill that’s been called “a death blow to mass transit” by the Amalgamated Transit Union, “a step backwards for America’s transportation system” by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, “a retreat from the goals of sustainability and economic resiliency” by Reconnecting America, “a substantial capitulation” by Transportation for America, and “bad news for biking and walking” by America Bikes.

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Newly approved transportation bill is a clear step backwards — a message from T4 America

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Written by: Stephen Lee Davis
More than 1,000 days after the last transportation bill expired, Congress finally voted to approve a new transportation bill just moments ago. Unfortunately for those hoping for a bold step into the future, this bill represents a definite step backwards, the last gasp of an outdated 20th century program.

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Current Status of the Transportation Bill Negotiations

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

We are reproducing below with the editor’s permission an excerpt from this week’s “Washington Letter on Transportation.” The analysis offers a perceptive and accurate assessment, in our judgment, of the current status of the transportation bill negotiations on Capitol Hill.  The full analysis can be made available on request from Gary Hoitsma, editor, Hint […]

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Transportation Bill Excluded from House Summer Legislative Agenda

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily Enacting a new surface transportation bill did not make it onto the list of summer legislative priorities announced last Friday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Nor did extending SAFETEA-LU, which expires on July 1, though the memo does mention the House will consider some “stop-gap measures.” What makes this even more […]

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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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