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public transportation funding
News March 15, 2018
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) raised concern over the small amount of transit projects that received Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) last week.   APTA urged the department to...
News March 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) last week announced a list of 41 recipients of nearly $500 million in discretionary grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.   “TIGER grants are...
Ryan refutes Shuster on potential federal gas tax increase
News March 08, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan this week was unequivocal regarding a potential increase to the federal gas tax to aid the funding of road and bridge development.   "Well, we’re not going to raise gas taxes so I don’t foresee that as a problem. We’re just not going to do that here," Ryan said on a phone...
Rhode Island gets $20 million grant to fix bridges along Rte. 37
News March 07, 2018
According to a statement released by the office of Senator Jack Reed (D.), the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will receive a $20 million grant to help pay for the repair and replacement of bridges along Rte. 37.   The total cost of the repair and replacement project to improve...

The Fast Lane Grant provided $60 million for a $183 million road project on I-10. Image: LADOTD

Article March 02, 2018
LOUISIANA: Protection keeps system exposed by Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Nobody wants to put someone to work lining up hospital beds beside a dumpster.   Taking care of the health of any community should always be put in the forefront, even if roads and bridges are left wrapped in bandages....
road widening
News February 23, 2018
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Thursday for widening the congested I-95 in key spots in order to relieve long-running bottlenecks, starting at the New York state border and extending into southeastern Connecticut.   The plan calls for widening the southbound side of I-95 from the New York...
major highway projects
News February 21, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson announced the state’s intention to utilize federal Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle Bonds (GARVEE Bonds) to construct four major projects in three areas of Louisiana that have been...
Transit projects
News February 14, 2018
The Trump administration’s proposed budget for fiscal 2019 would leave cities and states on the hook for billions of dollars in spending on public transportation projects that are already underway.   The $4.4 trillion budget proposal rolled out this week would cut several grant programs funded by...
White House
News February 12, 2018
The White House today officially released a 55-page proposal for President Trump's long-awaited infrastructure overhaul.   The plan puts forth a framework for lawmakers to craft legislation for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that would focus on public-private partnerships and funding from...
U.S. Capitol
News February 08, 2018
A bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday includes $20 billion for U.S. infrastructure programs, an investment plan that comes ahead of the Trump administration's highly anticipated rebuilding proposal.   The funds would go toward “existing” projects for water and energy...
bridge repair
News February 01, 2018
The state of New York plans to infuse an additional $250 million into rehabilitating and replacing worn-out bridges and culverts through the Bridge NY program.   The program, which provides grants to municipalities in the state, began in 2016 with an initial $200 million. It has led to more than...
The White House
News January 26, 2018
President Trump said Wednesday he plans to discuss a $1.7 trillion infrastructure package during next week's annual State of the Union address, a major increase in what the administration had previously touted for infrastructure investment.   During a White House meeting with mayors from across the...
Seattle’s pay-by-mile gas tax pilot set to begin in a fortnight
News January 19, 2018
The city of Seattle, Wash., is looking to find a more diversified way of generating revenue, while also making the onus on its citizens as reasonable as possible.   Enter a pilot project that is set to begin in approximately two weeks, by which drivers will face a pay-by-mile gas tax, versus a per-...
News January 17, 2018
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is making a push to raise the federal gas tax by 25 cents per gallon to help pay for the nation’s infrastructure.   The proposal, which will be formally introduced later this week, is part of a series of principles the nation’s largest business lobby will offer in a bid...
I-80 in Will County

Image: ILEPI

News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...
Article January 03, 2018
Most department of transportation buildings do not have a door marked PRIVATE.   Since one figuratively does not exist, either because there is no interest in working with the private sector or it is simply not feasible, it is hard to see how President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure...
Traffic relief
News December 20, 2017
In an effort to deliver on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for the state of Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
transportation projects
News November 29, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) gave back $4.3 million to the federal government, which had been allocated towards improving the state’s transportation systems.   The money was meant to target for alternative transportation to support pedestrian and bicycle oriented projects....
California gas tax opponents get go signal to petition repeal
News November 22, 2017
Nobody loves a tax increase—even if it’s the most direct means to making improvements. Such is the case for a small contingent in the state of California, which, along with other West Coast states such as Oregon and Washington, recently passed a gasoline tax increase aimed at boost revenue for road...
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