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Archive for the ‘National’ Category

President’s ‘leaked draft plan’ for infrastructure holds high interest

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The expanded use and funding for Private Activity Bonds (PABs) has again taken over the spotlight in infrastructure debate in America. A six-page document claimed to be the draft outline for President Trump’s long-awaited national infrastructure plan was leaked this week and PABs are among the major infrastructure funding principles addressed. 

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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Rebuilding America's Infrastructure - Problem Solvers Caucus

PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS (PSC) INFRASTRUCTURE WORKING GROUP Executive Summary America’s infrastructure supports the world’s largest economy across a network of nearly 9 million miles of roadway, 160,000 public water systems, 5.5 million miles of local electrical distribution lines, and nearly 90 million fixed broadband subscribers. Unfortunately, due to years of underinvestment and deferred maintenance, America […]

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U.S. News Ranks the Best States for Infrastructure

Friday, January 19th, 2018
Best States for Infrastructure

U.S. News and World Report recently released a comprehensive list ranking infrastructure across the fifty states. The list focuses on three key items: energy, transportation and internet. These infrastructure rankings are part of a series of similar lists authored by the same organization, including Best States Overall, Health Care Rankings and Economy Rankings. According to Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News, “The value of a ranking like this is we use our judgment to say, it’s not just one thing that makes a state great. It’s a combination of things.”

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The State of Public & Private Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Survey: Are you looking to buy a plug-in vehicle in the next 12 months?

This report looks at the current state of the plug-in vehicle charging landscape within the context of the broader transition from internal combustion vehicles to plug-in vehicles. EVSE deployments and sales largely track with the sales of plug-in vehicles, so we will briefly touch on the broader transition to plug-in battery electric vehicles and how the transition is progressing around the world to set the stage for the EVSE discussion.

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Fresh Water Becoming Saltier Around the United States

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Fig. 1. Maps showing locations of increasing, decreasing, and/or no trends in specific conductance and pH in stream water throughout the continental United States. Streamlines represent all conterminous US rivers with mean annual discharge exceeding 20 m3 /s (47).

The freshwater salinization syndrome can increase risks to the safety of drinking water and infrastructure. Elevated salt levels in drinking water can contribute to hypertension in people on sodium-restricted diets and is of concern to people requiring kidney dialysis (9). Salinization and alkalinization influence the corrosivity of water, and this can affect leaching of metals from pipes carrying drinking water (9, 68).

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Riding the Wave: 2017 Delivers a Whirlwind of Progress for Tolling, User Finance

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

IBTTA is surging into the new year, driven by the outstanding momentum the global tolling industry built in 2017. At the international, national, state and local levels and across the spectrum from policy to finance to technology, the association and its members accomplished a sequence of milestones last year that point toward even greater achievements in 2018.

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Forces of Change: The Future of Mobility

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Figure 3. The future mobility ecosystem

DELOITTE INSIGHTS The entire way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, driven by a series of converging technological and social trends: the rapid growth of carsharing and ridesharing; the increasing viability of electric and alternative powertrains; new, lightweight materials; and the growth of connected and, ultimately, autonomous vehicles. The […]

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AASHTO Transportation TV: State DOTs Use Tech to Battle Winter

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

December 21st is the official start of winter but state department of transportation road crews–America’s frontline weather responders–have been ready for months. In this TTV Special report, Battling Winter: State DOTs Turn to Tech to Save Lives, Time and Money–we see how States are working proactively to keep roads open and operating safely during winter.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Robert Bolton, Senior Vice President, Arcadis

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Robert Bolton, Senior Vice President, Arcadis

We looked at 100 cities on a global basis and not one US city made it into the top 20. The highest ranking city was New York City, and they came in at number 23. Probably the biggest challenge that all of the US cities face is the continued dependency on passenger-car travel. We don’t have nearly as well developed metro systems or transit systems for sharing or using alternative means–whether it’s walking or bicycles or other methods of getting around. That’s the big challenge for the US cities, is to look at how they go about diversifying their transportation options.

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Infrastructure projects worth billions hang in limbo as Congress debates tax reform bill

Friday, December 15th, 2017

The House bill eliminates Private Activity Bonds (PABs) and Low-income Tax Credits, which are critical to the construction of housing developments. Both bills call for eliminating advanced refinancing bonds. These tax-exempt bonds allow cities to refinance debt. Without advance refinancing bonds, many large projects at the state and local levels of government will be immediately jeopardized. Additionally, the tax reform bill, unless changed, increases the federal deficit and that will trigger $150 billion in automatic cuts to vital transportation and infrastructure investments.

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