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News July 30, 2015
The U.S. Senate passed its long-term highway bill today with a 65-34 decision. The six-year bill funds federal highway and infrastructure projects.    Democrats were split on the measure, with most of the caucus’s leadership voting against the bill negotiated by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...
News July 30, 2015
The House of Representatives easily passed a three-month extension of the federal surface transportation programs that would keep funds flowing to the states through October 29.    The measure would generate $8 billion in new Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenues to prevent the U.S. Department of...
News July 29, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a three-month highway-spending bill, paving the way for Congress to enjoy a six-week recess without a lapse in federal transportation funding. Senate leaders have indicated their intent to approve the three-month extension before the end of this...
News July 28, 2015
Even though the transportation bill is considered a “must pass” legislative measure, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would not accept the Senate’s $350 billion transportation bill.   "We're not taking up the Senate bill," McCarthy said in a public statement, adding that the House...
News July 28, 2015
The U.S. Senate’s six-year $350-billion proposed transportation bill has taken on miasmatic qualities, as lawmakers persist in altering its terms in advance of a vote. This has, however, lead to what could potentially be a boon to the public transit sector, as lawmakers shifted more funds to...
News July 27, 2015
The Senate voted to advance a proposal to extend the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter as part of highway funding legislation, a move the sparked a heated debate on between the House and Senate.     In a 67-26 vote, the Senate voted to end debate on Sen. Mark Kirk's amendment reauthorizing the 81-...
News July 22, 2015
A 1,030-page, six-year transportation-funding bill crafted by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., failed to move forward in the Senate Tuesday. Senators voted 56-41 to not bring the bill to a vote, saying they needed time to read it.   Oil sales and various offsets would...
News July 22, 2015
While there has been much talk in recent months regarding transit improvements in the state, to the degree that an artery of service is being disbanded to free up cash in order to improve other lines of service, a recent hearing took place during which State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn’s...
News July 21, 2015
The Wyoming Transportation Commission funded $14.6 million to various projects to improve the state’s infrastructure system.   The following is a list of the new projects awarded contract bids from the Wyoming Department of Transportation:  La Barge, Wyo. LeGrand Johnson Construction of Logan,...
News July 17, 2015
House Ways and Mean Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged the Senate to pass the House’s $8 billion highway funding extension without issue or objection.   The House approved a five-month deal, which lasts until December, in an effort to avoid including an extension of the Export-Import Bank’...
News July 16, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a five-month transportation funding extension in order to avoid the construction downturn that would result from the original July 31 deadline.   The measure was passed by a 312-119 bipartisan vote. House Republicans passed the measure in less than 48 hours...
News July 14, 2015
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled H.R. 3038, an $8.1 billion plan to fund highway and rail transit projects through the end of 2015. The bill would be paid for by extending an airport security fee increase and various tax rule changes.   Congress faces a July 31 deadline to...
News July 13, 2015
Kentucky’s federal revenues are up 5%, totaling a $165.4 million surplus in the general fund, but the state’s road fund still has a $20 million deficit, according to a state revenue report.   Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear didn't comment on the state of the Road Fund, which pays for highway and other...
News July 09, 2015
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ruled out raising the gas tax as a way to pay for the Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money July 31.   “Let me just say we’re not going to raise the gas tax. We’re not going to raise the gas tax,” McConnell said. “The environment committee has come...
News July 07, 2015
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced awards for three improvement projects under the Transportation Investment Act (TIA). The awarding of these projects signifies the major push the TIA Program and Georgia DOT are making towards letting all Band 1 projects.   TIA is a $1.6 billion...
News July 06, 2015
The Senate and the House return from recess this week and will have less than a month to complete a long-term authorization of the Highway Trust Fund.   With a fast countdown toward the July 31 expiration of funding, lawmakers must decided how long to authorize the trust fund and how to pay for it...
News July 02, 2015
According to a performance audit released by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, additional efficiency improvements in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) fleet operation could save the agency more than $1.7 million.   The performance audit found three areas where savings or increased revenue could...
News July 01, 2015
Lawmakers negotiated an infrastructure funding deal, which increases revenue in the Transportation Trust Fund by $24 million for the state of Delaware.   Under the new deal, new state projects costing less than $500,000 and renovation work totaling less than $45,000 will not have to adhere to...
News June 29, 2015
In an day and age when the earmarking of scant funding is a perpetual political hot potato, the state of Tennessee is poised to step outside the arena of vague promises and make tax-based strides toward transit improvements.   Gov. Bill Haslam recently stipulated that proceeds from a potential fuel...
News June 25, 2015
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved the six-year, $275 billion spending plan for infrastructure projects, but lawmakers still need to find a way to fund the measure.   The plan known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act,...
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