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News March 27, 2015
As lawmakers search for solutions to pay for a new transportation bill by May 31, state leaders such as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) want to make sure that raising the federal gas tax is not the fix.   Lee plans to introduce an amendment to the Senate’s budget resolution that would increase the threshold...
News March 25, 2015
Four states have cancelled or delayed $780 million in transportation improvement projects and another nine say more than $1.8 billion are at risk because of continued uncertainty in Congress over what do about the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).   The HTF currently funds 52 percent of all highways and...
News March 23, 2015
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) revealed its multi-year plan for the state’s highway system, which focuses on finding and securing resources between now and 2040.   The Statewide Transportation Plan aims to increase mobility, and enhance safety and economic needs. One obstacle that...
News March 19, 2015
This week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) stated, on the topic of ongoing transportation funding talks, that Congress will not pass any bill that increases the federal gas tax.   The present at-the-pump tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, which has...
News March 18, 2015
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker delivered a message before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which stressed treating roads and bridges projects as a national concern.   Becker urged Congress to pass the Obama administration's $317 billion highway and transportation...
News March 11, 2015
While many major metro areas are shying away from long-term infrastructure plans in the midst of federal funding uncertainty, San Francisco recently introduced a 10-year fiscal plan to transform the city’s infrastructure with a series of major construction projects.   The capital plan for 2016-2025...
News March 09, 2015
Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) CEO Michael Melaniphy will hold a briefing Tuesday, March 10 on highway and transit investment needs at the U.S. House Cannon...
News March 06, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed a major investment ($1.3 billion) in road construction to help preserve and fix the state’s decaying roadways.     Growing consensus means republicans and democrats alike recognize the severity of the state’s road system but still question Walker’s funding...
News March 04, 2015
Following up on our news story of Feb. 13 of this year, the Washington state Senate this Monday approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years.   The revenue bull passed on a bipartisan vote; negotiations...
News March 02, 2015
Growing congressional consensus on federal highway and transit funding does not guarantee that a new long-term bill will be introduced in time for the May 31 deadline.   To cope with the uncertainty many state departments of transportation (DOTs) are coming up with a Plan B that includes postponing...
News February 24, 2015
Two very different situations coming out of the Atlantic region of late. While many states are facing down upkeep and maintenance struggles with regard to their highway systems, Pennsylvania has begun to implement a multifaceted, multibillion-dollar blueprint intended to accelerate road and bridge...
News February 23, 2015
In less than 100 days, authorization for the federal highway and transit program will end and Congress has even less time to take action.   “The Senate and House are only scheduled to be in session 55 and 36 days, respectively, before that legislative deadline occurs.  Where is the sense of urgency...
News February 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this week announced that it is preparing to spend $232 million to address roads and bridges that have sustained significant, emergent damage as a result of recent storms. As part of the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Fund program, the...
News February 19, 2015
With 2015 now fully under way, states across the country are rapidly gearing up budgets for the coming years, all of which must address the pervasive infrastructure problems plaguing the nation at large. While plans and proposals vary depending on the specific needs and demands of each given state...
News February 17, 2015
  This past Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), approved nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak, at a rate of $1.7 billion over four years, an increase over recent allotments.   In a twist to what has been described as contentious...
News January 07, 2015
With Congress about to reconvene for a 105-day session, transportation funding is perhaps the biggest ticket item on the agenda, and while there have been vague overtures from both political parties in the weeks leading up to the opening of legislative discussion, state departments of...
News December 31, 2014
  The number of Republicans historically who have backed increasing taxes—any form of taxation—as a primary measure for increasing Federal revenue in order to fund Federal programs can be logged on the fingers of one’s right hand. The new Congress that the U.S. has given to itself does not look...
News November 12, 2014
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Barry Schoch announces the pending receipt of approximately $33 million in federal funds that will be applied to the DOT’s running list of 56 projects aimed at improving the overall state of transportation statewide, from new...
News October 23, 2014
In a statement issued on Oct. 22, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) indicated that the GOP will use programs such as the fledgling 2012 highway funding bill to address what he characterized as “inefficient, ineffective, and incompetent federal agencies along with failed government...
News October 21, 2014
News out of Springfield announced that Ill. Governor Pat Quinn (D) has authorized a $2.2 million resurfacing project in Will County that will see the resurfacing of 2nd Street to U.S. 45 in Manhattan and Wilton Townships. Gallagher Asphalt Corp. of Thornton, Ill. won the job.   This capital...
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