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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,...
News June 25, 2015
Bit of a dip According to a report issued by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) approximately 2.6 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation systems in the first quarter of 2015, representing a 0.7% dip compared with the same period in 2014.   “On a national level,...
News June 24, 2015
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would spend $275 billion over the next six years on U.S. infrastructure projects, reports the Hill.   The measure, known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, calls for allocating nearly $43 billion...
News June 22, 2015
A measure sponsored by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has called for spending approximately $1.65 billion annually over the next four years toward Amtrak, as well as $570 million per year on rail grants, totaling nearly $9 billion when all is said and done. This proposal...
News June 18, 2015
Eleven U.S. Senators introduced the BRIDGE Act, which stands for Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment.   If passed, the bill would help states improve road and bridge conditions. The new legislation would set up a central infrastructure bank for states...
News June 17, 2015
The House Ways and Means Committee are scheduled to hold a hearing titled, “Long-term financing of the Highway Trust Fund.”   Congressional lawmakers are trying to negotiate a long-term funding extension before the expiration of current federal infrastructure funding on July 31.   Lawmakers are...
News June 16, 2015
Increasing the gas tax does not result in a corresponding penny-to-penny increase in the retail price motorists pay at the pump, a study of the market impacts of five state gas tax increases enacted in 2013 found.   The analysis, by Dr. Alison Black, chief economist for the American Road &...
News June 10, 2015
The House passed the fifth of a dozen spending bills for 2016 to fund the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.    The $55.3 billion bill narrowly passed with a 216-210 vote. All but three Democrats voted against the bill, while all but 31 Republicans voted in favor.  ...
News June 05, 2015
The opening of the final stretch of I-485 in Charlotte, N.C., may be that last large-scale highway program in the city that does not include toll lanes.   Due to the lack of funding and the precarious future of the Highway Trust Fund, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is utilizing...
News June 03, 2015

Proposed Illiana Expressway (Source: IDOT)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected the proposed Illiana Expressway, which would have connected I-65 in Indiana with I-55 near Joliet, Ill., due to the state budget crisis.   The project conception began in 2010 with a memorandum of understanding between former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and former...
News May 29, 2015
Transportation bill to build new Mississippi River Bridges doesn’t get past Louisiana House floor.   There will be no plan to build a new bridge over the Mississippi River for atleast another year.   After passing a House committee, the new bridge bill failed to pass the full House, with 18 votes...
News May 20, 2015
The House approved a two-month extension of funding for transportation projects. The extension, which passed 387-35 will continue funding for the Highway Trust Fund through July 31. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.   Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House,...
News May 19, 2015
Connecticut may be one of the few states that won't have to enter panic mode if a sharp drop in transportation funds occurs if Congress does not pass a long-term solution to transportation funding.    Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesman Judd Everhart said, "We have all funding in...
News May 15, 2015
The Senate is planning to hold a hearing for a six-year transportation funding bill, but not until after the pending May 31 deadline for extending the current infrastructure spending measure.    However, it doesn’t look like much of that funding will go towards the nation’s transportation needs.  ...
News May 13, 2015
Ninety-five percent of all Republican state legislators who voted to increase their state gas tax to fund transportation improvements in 2013 and 2014 and ran for re-election last November won their races, according to the analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (...
News May 11, 2015
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blackenhorn said state roadway tolls are not going anywhere; not exactly what Illinois commuters had in mind for transportation funding.   “The truth is unless we are willing to put significantly more state and federal money into the system,...
News May 04, 2015
Today in “well, we saw this coming” news, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said that Congressional leaders are working on a short-term $10 billion proposal to fund highway repairs through the end of the year, but a gas tax hike will not be part of the deal.   The Highway Trust Fund will run dry...
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