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News August 27, 2015
The issue of enacting a tax increase to boost infrastructure investment has been settled in at least one area of the country. Voters in Phoenix, Ariz., this week approved, by a return of 55% to 45%, Proposition 104, which stipulates a sales tax increase that will benefit transportation funding for...
News August 25, 2015
On the heels of the ongoing M1-RAIL project that is reintroducing light rail service to he city’s downtown area, Detroit will now receive more than $1 million toward the opening of a public bike share program, one of 14 projects tapped to get federal funding in the region, according to the...
News August 18, 2015
The following has been slightly adapted from a report released by the Associated Press:   About one-third of U.S. states have taken action this year to boost funding for transportation or shore up their road and bridge funds against excepted declines in tax revenues. What follows is a brief summary...
News August 17, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) said the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) has awarded more than $6.4 million in implementation assistance funding to 34 new transportation projects using...
News August 14, 2015
The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) has announced the availability of funds through its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and is requesting proposals for projects which fit criteria intended to augment the state’s Toward Zero Deaths initiative and curb the steady and ongoing degradation...
News August 13, 2015
Maryland’s Red Line project was meant to be a 14.1-mile east-west corridor from Woodlawn to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus, punctuated by 19 stations. It would have served areas in western Baltimore County/City and downtown Baltimore, including Woodlawn, Edmondson Village, West...
News August 04, 2015
North Carolina House Republican leaders added to Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to borrow almost $3 billion for road and infrastructure spending by introducing a proposal that would add even more money for statewide projects.   The North Carolina House of Representatives proposed a $2.8 billion bond...
News August 03, 2015
President Obama signed a three-month stopgap bill to keep federal highway funding from coming to a screeching halt but scolded lawmakers for failing to agree on a long-term funding measure.   The $8.1 billion measure approved by the Senate will extend infrastructure spending until Oct. 29. The...
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...
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