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News February 05, 2016
President Obama is proposing a $10 per barrel oil tax, to be phased in over five years, that is intended to pay for transportation initiatives, including new rail corridors, highway projects, pilot projects for self-driving cars and other technologies the administration would consider to be part of...
News February 02, 2016
According to the Tribune Review, Secretary Leslie Richards is prepared to inform the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies today that the state will be approximately $6 billion short of being able to fund all the projects that legislators promised their constituents during...
News January 28, 2016
The Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) unveiled a $1.3 billion plan this week targeted at reducing traffic congestion on some of the most clogged corridors in the state.   The plan calls for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to direct funds for 14 roadway projects specifically...
News January 27, 2016
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is embracing Obama’s vision of a “21st century transportation system” under the direction of Patrick McKenna, the state's new Transportation Director.   At the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight, McKenna urged lawmakers to start improving...
News January 22, 2016
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown pushed for infrastructure funding in his State of the State address to the California legislature. He said repairing the state’s crumbling infrastructure is critical.   According to Brown, California has “serious deficiencies” which need to be fixed by...
News January 19, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued the formal apportionment notice and other documents that let states begin using funds allocated to their highway programs under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.   Although the FHWA had already issued estimates that told state...
News January 18, 2016
In between verbal disputes over how they would lead the U.S. as president, all three Democratic candidates seemed to agree on one thing: improved infrastructure.   Hillary Clinton said, "We need more jobs and we need good jobs. So, why don't we invest more in infrastructure?"  She vowed to work...
News January 14, 2016
Despite an investment of $25.3 million in 2015 by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Washington D.C., continues to receive low marks for its infrastructure system.   A report card to be released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives D.C. a C-minus, or just above...
News January 11, 2016
Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), said states are seeking information about how much they will receive under the pending release of the 10-year-old earmarks provision. The provision under the five-year transportation...
News December 28, 2015
For the second year in a row, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is asking lawmakers to consider chipping away at the increasing amount of earmarked dollars in the state, focusing on those billed for transportation projects.   The state’s General Fund is expected to grow by about $180 million this year, but $...
News December 07, 2015
President Obama signed into law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill, the same day that U.S road and transportation funding was scheduled to expire.   The newly passed law is funded by gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget. The bill calls...
News December 04, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $211 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to finance construction of the new U.S. 301 mainline toll project in Delaware to relieve area congestion.   The US...
News December 04, 2015
The U.S. Senate approved a five-year, $305 billion highway bill late yesterday, sending it to President Obama with just one day to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit funding.   The FAST Act will be paid for via gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in...
News December 03, 2015
The House approved the five-year, $305 billion the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, today, advancing the first long-term national transportation spending package in a decade.   The 359 – 65 vote comes one day before federal infrastructure funding runs out, and sets up a...
News December 03, 2015
In 2016, the U.S. transportation construction market is expected to hit $208.3 billion, up from $200.5 billion in 2015, according to the American Road & Transportation Association’s (ARTBA) chief economist.   The likely passage of a five-year federal surface transportation bill, increased...
News December 01, 2015
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have announced that they have finally come to terms on a 5-year highway spending bill, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.   The bill would extend federal transportation spending to approximately $205 billion on...
News December 01, 2015
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) could have avoided excessive, multi-year delays and saved as much as $2.6 million on the rehabilitation of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge in Gloucester, according to an audit released today by the Office of the State Auditor.   “Our audit found...
News November 24, 2015
Florida Gov. Rick Scott will dedicate a bulk of the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) $9.9 billion 2016-2017 budget to roads, leaving less funding for transit and pedestrian projects. One-third of the funding will be devoted to construction highway projects.   Conversely, only about 6%...
News November 20, 2015
The state of Utah is projecting a transportation project funding shortfall of approximately $7.3 billion for high-priority projects through 2040, despite the imminent increase in the state’s gasoline tax as a result of the passage of Proposition 1.   The state’s Unified Transportation Plan, which...
News November 19, 2015
I-84 is a heavily used stretch of highway between Exit 45 and the I-91 interchange, as well as a key piece of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's $100 billion, 30-year proposal for overhauling the state’s transportation network.   In a recent pitch to shore up support for replacing the I-84...
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