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February 25-27, Washington DC: High Speed Rail Summit 2014

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Don’t miss the 2014 High Speed Rail Summit in Washington, DC this February 25-26. Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx will headline the summit.

Other highlighted speakers include: Karen Hedlund, FRA Deputy Administrator; John Mica, Congressman; Loretta Sanchez, Congresswoman; Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Vice President;

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Update: Hopes for a Compromise on the Highway Bill Are Fading

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23 No. 20 A recent story in the Wall Street Journal shed some light on why  discussions on the 15-month bill (July 2012 -through September 2013) have ground to a halt and why the prospect of reaching agreement on the  bill by June 30 — or  during the remainder of the current congressional […]

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Hopes for a Compromise on the Highway Bill Are Fading

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 20 A story in the June 14 edition of the Wall Street Journal explains why  discussions on the highway bill have ground to a near-halt and why the prospect of reaching agreement on the 15-month bill by June 30 — or indeed during the remainder of the current congressional session —appears […]

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Talking Infrastructure at the Surface Transportation & High Speed Rail Summit 2012 – Washington, DC

Monday, March 19th, 2012

This is the third in a series of posts

Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director of InfrastructureUSA was a participant at the US High Speed Rail Association’s 2012 summit, held from February 28th to March 1st in Washington, DC.

During the event, Steven had the opportunity to speak with Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee John Mica, Congressman David Price, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

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Clarifying Reauthorization Bill Math

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 22, No. 29 An October 26 letter from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee has brought to the surface the confusion over funding of the multi-year surface transportation authorization. Sen. […]

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House Republicans Trying To Increase Transportation Funding

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Transportation Issues Daily House Transportation Chair John Mica has been given the green light to explore options for providing up to $15 billion per year for a multi-year transportation bill.  It’s not clear what those options might be, other than it won’t be a gas tax increase according to GOP sources. Mica’s proposed funding level […]

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Chairman Mica Passes on the Offensive

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

In a blistering letter to Thomas Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Rep, John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, scolded the Chamber — and indirectly other critics of the proposed House transportation bill— for being “unable to recognize the reality that bankrupting the Highway Trust Fund and ignoring long overdue policy reforms are no longer options.”

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The Urgency of Reforming the Federal Railroad Administration

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL) has finally come out explicitly in favor of privatizing the Northeast Corridor and letting private consortia bid for high-speed rail construction. Mica’s rationale is that Amtrak is an inefficient government provider, and its proposal for spending $117 billion over 30 years to build high-speed rail in the Northeast is deficient…Not mentioned anywhere in the article is the FRA, which is the real obstacle to modern rail operations. Mica has to my knowledge said nothing about the FRA, which is too bad, since it could feed into the Republican narrative of bad government and the need for privatization and deregulation.

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Update: The Federal High-Speed Rail Program: A Post-Election Reality Check

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision to cancel the proposed commuter trans-Hudson rail tunnel (ARC) offers another example of a resolve by the new wave of fiscally conservative governors to rein in spending on public works that, in their judgment, present an unacceptable level of risk and cost. While Christie’s decision was widely condemned as shortsighted by members of the infrastructure lobby, it was supported as fiscally prudent by a majority of New Jersey voters. (By a margin of 51 to 39 percent according to a Rutgers University poll).

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Breaking the Impasse

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Writing in last week’s Innovation NewsBrief we wondered if the intent behind the White House September 6 proposal to invest an extra $50 billion in transportation infrastructure was primarily a political gesture — to give the economy a short-term pre-election boost — or whether it was a belated but genuine change of heart about the need to act, and act convincingly, on a multi-year surface transportation program. In conversations we held during the past week, we sensed that the transportation community, including senior officials of U.S. DOT, would clearly prefer the $50 billion to be part of a long-term reauthorization effort.

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